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Died: Robert Shine Sr., Black Baptist Leader in Philadelphia
The pastor was “not a kingmaker” but called Christians to see social issues as God testing the church.
Died: George O. Wood, Who Led the Assemblies of God into Growth
As general superintendent, he brought women and minorities into leadership, added “compassion” to the denomination’s constitution, and set ambitious goals for church planting.
Died: Frank Barker Jr., PCA Founder with Passion for Evangelism
He personally led more than 10,000 to Christ and grew Briarwood Presbyterian from a storefront to a megachurch.
Died: Bill Glass, Football Star Who Changed Evangelical Approach to Sports and Prisons
The Cleveland Browns defensive end was good at sacking quarterbacks, but his real passion was witnessing for Christ.
Died: Marcus Lamb, Daystar Founder Who Believed TV Opened a Window for the Holy Spirit
After setting himself apart from corrupt televangelists and achieving incredible early success, the Christian network chief lived from scandal to scandal.
Died: Labib Madanat, Who Showed the Bible to Palestinians and Israelis in Word and Deed
Son of Jordanian missionaries organized the Holy Land’s Bible societies and demonstrated the gospel’s love and forgiveness amid war and terror.
Died: Ralph Carmichael, Composer Who Fought for Freedom of Christian Music
Founder of Light Records arranged for Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington, and Elvis Presley; scored “The Blob”; developed folk musicals; discovered Andraé Crouch; and believed any style could glorify God.
Died: Evelyn Mangham, Who Convinced Evangelicals to Welcome Refugees
After 20 years in Vietnam with the Christian and Missionary Alliance, she saw caring for those displaced by war as simple obedience to Jesus.
Died: Eberhard Jüngel, Theologian Who Saw Trinity Revealed in the Cross
East German student of Karl Barth and Martin Heidegger believed “God has become speakable.”
Died: Marilyn Laszlo, Bible Translator Who Inspired Missionaries to ‘Come By Here’
The passionate storyteller spent nearly a quarter century developing written language and Scripture for a Papua New Guinea village.
Died: David Yonggi Cho, Founder of the World’s Largest Megachurch
The Korean Pentecostal promoted cell groups and gifts of the Holy Spirit for church growth.
Died: Thomas McKenzie, Defender and Definer of Anglicanism
Pastor and author showed “The Anglican Way” to a growing number of evangelicals.
Died: Joel Edwards, the First Black Evangelical Alliance UK Head
The British church leader could confidently preach the gospel on BBC and challenge his fellow Christians in the fight against injustice.
Died: B.J. Thomas, Born-Again Singer Who Clashed with Evangelical Fans
Popular artist professed Jesus and earned five gospel Grammys before turning back to secular music.
Died: Eilat Mazar, Archaeologist Who Believed the Bible
In 50 years of excavation, she connected modern Israel to Hebrew kings and prophets.
Died: Loran Mann, Who Reported the News and Preached the Good News
COGIC bishop built a church while breaking ground in Pittsburgh TV and radio.
Died: C. René Padilla, Father of Integral Mission
He pushed evangelicals to see social action and evangelism as “two wings of a plane.”
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Died: Ole Anthony, Terror to Televangelists
He dug through prosperity preachers’ trash and pushed a radical Christian community to be more like the first-century church.
Died: Ashur Eskrya, Champion of Iraq’s Displaced Christians
President of the Assyrian Aid Society–Iraq (AASI) passes away from COVID-19 complications.
Died: Teen Missions Founder Bob Bland, Who Put Young Missionaries Through Boot Camp
With his Florida training program and international construction projects, he empowered young people who didn’t want to wait to do something for God.

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