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Died: ‘The Hiding Place’ and ‘The Cross and the Switchblade’ Coauthor Elizabeth Sherrill
“She knew how to tell a story with power.”
Died: Paul Eshleman, Who Brought ‘Jesus’ Film to the Ends of the Earth
The Campus Crusade evangelism strategist wanted everyone in the world to hear the good news that God loved them.
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Died: Superstar Billy Graham, Teenage Evangelist Who Became a Wrestling Legend
In the ring and life, Wayne Coleman was a “heel” who wanted to be a “babyface.”
Died: Tim Keller, New York City Pastor Who Modeled Winsome Witness
“We are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe, yet at the very same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope.”
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Died: Rachel Kerr James, Missionary Nurse to War-Torn Vietnam
One of the first Southern Baptists into Indochina, she started medical clinics while raising four children and helping her husband plant churches.
Died: Ron Hamilton, Better Known as Patch the Pirate
When cancer took his left eye, he saw a God-given opportunity for children’s ministry.
Died: Charles Stanley, In Touch Preacher Who Led with Stubborn Faith
First Baptist Church Atlanta pastor lived by the motto “Obey God and leave all the consequences to him.”
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Died: George Verwer, Who Asked Christians ‘Are You Ready To Go?’
The founder of Operation Mobilisation moved untold numbers to proclaim God’s love around the globe.
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Died: Christian Atsu, Ghana Soccer Star who Praised God in Everything
The Premier League winger known for his faith was killed in the earthquake in Turkey.
Pentecostal Chaplain Killed in Russian Rocket Attack
Yaroslav Pavenko volunteered to minister to Ukrainian soldiers at 14 after militants killed two of his brothers in the War in Donbas. 
Southern Baptist Church Planter Killed in Plane Crash
Clint Clifton coached Christians to multiply and fulfill the Great Commission.
Died: Jack Hayford, Pentecostal Pastor Who Wrote ‘Majesty’
Foursquare leader put emphasis on praise and penned the most popular church song of the 1990s.
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Died: Francis Sunderaraj, Indian Evangelical Leader Who Encouraged Education
Under his leadership, a popular Sunday school curriculum was translated into 32 languages and dialects.
Died: Jason David Frank, Power Ranger Who Pointed to Christ’s Power
He trusted in God's strength because “Jesus didn’t tap.”
Died: Michael Gerson, Speechwriter Who Crafted Faith-Inspired Language for George W. Bush
The one-time theology student believed politics should have “heroic ambition,” and speeches should be written, on occasion, for the angels.
Died: Gordon Fee, Who Taught Evangelicals to Read the Bible ‘For All Its Worth’
A New Testament “scholar on fire,” he believed Scripture was an encounter with God.
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Died: Dan Busby, Accountant Who Set Standards for Ministry Finances
He believed “Christians should set an example of the utmost integrity.”
Died: Herb Lusk II: ‘Praying Tailback’ Who Gave Up Football for Ministry
First NFL player to kneel and thank Jesus in the end zone said caring for souls and helping people in poverty were more meaningful than fame.
Died: Queen Elizabeth II, British Monarch Who Put Her Trust in God
In her seven-decade reign, she spoke regularly of the importance of her personal faith.
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Died: Kees de Kort, Beloved Bible Artist
The Dutch illustrator’s bold and simple work shaped “the biblical cosmos of images” for millions.

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