Louis Lehman Dies At 72

Well-known pastor and radio preacher Louis Paul Lehman collapsed during a Christmas Eve service at his Grand Rapids, Michigan, church. He was pronounced dead shortly after midnight at a local hospital.

The 72-year-old pastor of Calvary Undenominational Church was performing a 45-minute skit in front of 2,500 churchgoers. When he collapsed, Lehman was walking toward a Christmas tree on stage, carrying a paper chain that he and one of his granddaughters had made.

Lehman became a Christian at age six in a Sunday school class at Chicago’s Moody Church. He started preaching at the age of nine, and three years later he and his parents began traveling around the Midwest, where he preached in tent meetings. At age 15, he founded Franklin Gospel Tabernacle in Franklin, Pennsylvania. He was ordained as a Baptist minister at age 17, and for the next 40 years he was heard over more than 80 radio stations.

“The ministry is a calling, rather than a career,” Lehman wrote. “It is a passion, not just a profession.”

He pastored Calvary Undenominational Church in Grand Rapids from 1952 to 1964, when he resigned to assume a full-time position as radio preacher and Bible conference speaker. He retired in 1983, but was later called back to Calvary when its pastor became seriously ill. Lehman served as the church’s interim pastor until his death.


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