The church lost many other servants this year. Among them:
Kurt E. Koch, 73, a German Christian widely regarded as a top authority on the occult, author of 36 books, and lecturer at more than 100 universities and seminaries in some 65 countries, died January 25 in Aglasterhausen, West Germany.
David J. du Plessis, 81, widely known as “Mr. Pentecost,” died of cancer in Pasadena, California, on February 2. A native of South Africa and a naturalized U.S. citizen, du Plessis was considered by many the foremost spokesman for the Pentecostal movement. An Assemblies of God minister, du Plessis was the organizing secretary of the World Pentecostal Fellowship (now the World Pentecostal Conference). He spent his later years at Fuller Theological Seminary, where the David du Plessis Center for Christian Spirituality was established in 1985.
Edwin C. Clarke, 73, former president of Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, died February 17 following an extended illness. Clarke joined the Geneva College faculty in 1937 as an economics instructor. In the following years, he served as assistant professor of economics, chairman of the Department of Economics and Business Administration, and vice-president for development. He was named president in 1956, a post he held until he retired in 1980.
Carl Armerding, 97, professor emeritus of Bible and theology at Wheaton (Ill.) College, died March 28 in Hayward, California. The oldest of ten children of German immigrants, Armerding became a Christian at the age of 15. He served as a Plymouth Brethren missionary in British Honduras (Belize), the Bahamas, the United States, and Canada. He later taught at Dallas Theological Seminary and was on the extension staff of Moody Bible Institute. ...1
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