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Brother David Wilkerson Has Gone Home: May 19, 1931- April 27, 2011


My family was blessed and helped through the ministry of this humble servant for over 30 years. Heaven’s gain is truly our loss. 

David Wilkerson, founder of World Challenge Ministries, was killed Wednesday in a car accident in East Texas. Charisma News spoke with Dr. Wayde Goodall, founder of WorldWide Family, who first verified the news. Goodall was with Wilkerson’s son, Gary, when he was informed of the fatal accident. By late Wednesday night, Times Square Church in New York City announced the death of its founding pastor in a statement from Senior Pastor Carter Conlon:

“Pastor David Wilkerson’s was a life fully given for the glory of God and souls of men. He was greatly loved and he will be greatly missed. Our prayers are with the family and we as a church body are committed to standing with them at this time of sorrow.” 

Additional unconfirmed sources are reporting that Wilkerson was killed in a head-on collision with a tractor trailer while traveling east on U.S. 175. His wife, Gwen, was also involved in the accident and reportedly remains in critical condition at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, Texas.

“Today, the Kingdom of God has lost a giant of the faith. His life touched millions,” says George O. Wood, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God. “The Assemblies of God enjoyed a life-long relationship with David Wilkerson. He was godly, humble and represented everything that is best in a spiritual leader. Our heartfelt sympathy and prayer is extended to his wife, Gwen, and family.” (link) 

 An excerpt from David’s last blog post:

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

To those going through the valley and shadow of death, hear this word: Weeping will last through some dark, awful nights—and in that darkness you will soon hear the Father whisper, “I am with you. I cannot tell you why right now, but one day it will all make sense. You will see it was all part of my plan. It was no accident. It was no failure on your part. Hold fast. Let me embrace you in your hour of pain.

” Beloved, God has never failed to act but in goodness and love. When all means fail—his love prevails. Hold fast to your faith. Stand fast in his Word. There is no other hope in this world.

I have fought a good fight, I have finished [my] course, I have kept the faith: 2 Timothy 4:7 

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14 comments on “Brother David Wilkerson Has Gone Home: May 19, 1931- April 27, 2011

  1. David Wilkerson impacted a lot of lives during his decades of ministry, and the impact will no doubt continue. His passion for the Lord was genuine and strong, and he spoke a lot of truth with boldness and compassion. I remember reading quite a number of his devotionals/newsletters where I knew that he had poured out his soul with great care for his readers. His book, “The Cross and the Switchblade,” also had a profound effect on my life.

    The Charisma article is well written. I was somewhat surprised that they embedded the YouTube video titled, “David Wilkerson on Weird Manifestations.” It’s a good representation of his combination of boldness and compassion, but it also hits Charisma between the eyes as they often promote the very leaders he was speaking of in that video. That’s good to see, though.

  2. It’s always a shock when someone you ‘know’ is taken suddenly in circumstances like this, and reading this news account today is no exception.

    “Thank you Lord for your servant David Wilkerson, who is now rejoicing right by your side. It was your time for him to come home, it didn’t take you by surprise. Please allow your perfect will to prevail with the balance of life that beloved Gwen is experiencing, as we keep her in our prayers at this time. Thank you for the legacy that David leaves here and for the myriad of souls won to yourself by this man. Please help us all as we are reminded yet again, that we are NOT promised for tomorrow, and to be ever ready for your call to us to ‘come home’ at your appointed time. Thank you Jesus, so much, for the glorious hope we have in you. Death has lost it’s sting….because of you.”

  3. My thoughts, condolences, and prayers to the family and friends of David Wilkerson.

    Here is the latest news update:
    Wilkerson was driving east on U.S. 175 in Texas Wednesday afternoon, and moved into the opposite lane where a tractor trailer was driving westbound. The truck driver saw the car and tried to move out of the way, but still collided with the pastor’s car head on, according to Public Safety Trooper Eric Long.
    It’s unclear what caused Wilkerson to veer into the other lane. His wife Gwen was also involved in the crash and rushed to the hospital, along with the truck driver. (and is in critical condition)

  4. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints Psalm 116:15

  5. The greatest loss at these times is experienced by those who are immediate family, and for David Wilkersons family will i keep in my thoughts and prayers. I guess the greatest reward for this life is not what others will say about you , but what God says to you on the day of reckoning, and to that end , a life of faithfulness and obedience rewarded by those immortal words,
    ‘” Well done good and faithful servant”

  6. [...] My family was blessed and helped through the ministry of this humble servant for over 30 years. Heaven's gain is truly our loss.  David Wilkerson, founder of World Challenge Ministries, was killed Wednesday in a car accident in East Texas. Charisma News spoke with Dr. Wayde Goodall, founder of WorldWide Family, who first verified the news. Goodall was with Wilkerson's son, Gary, when he was informed of the fatal accident. By late Wednesday night, … Read More [...]

  7. God called home one who was a spiritual father to many…

    it still hasn’t quite sunk in.

    • I feel the same PJ. It is hard to believe he is is gone. Next to my own father (who is with the Lord) David Wilkerson was as a spiritual father to me even though we have never met. What an influence he had on so many!

  8. My wife and I are still shocked by the news of this tragedy. The ministry that God had entrusted him with has impacted so many lives around the world.

    What he did to help a few boys in NYC, turned out to be a global evangelistic missionary crusade through Teen Challenge.

    One of his books, Have You Ever Felt Like Giving Up Lately?, greatly ministered to my wife that encouraged her tremendously. She is greatly feeling the loss in this tragedy. I am grateful for his impact on my life as a minister of the Gospel, thankful for the boldness, grace & love in his preaching ministry.

    He has been a man of great integrity with a passionate commitment to preaching the Gospel and seeing souls won, to the glory of His Savior.

    You are loved Pastor David and you will be greatly missed.

    • Kurt, i thought of you after reading the sad news. Didn’t you and your wife attend Times Square Church?

  9. His salt still had taste! And he feared God, now that
    is legacy…

  10. Yes, we did. My wife has wanted to get back to TSC for a visit, but with my work serving as a pastoral intern at a church near our house, getting into the city is not as easy anymore.

    Maybe we will go soon, now that the semester is just about over.

    We’re both very grateful to have been part of the ministry life at TSC.

    I only hope and pray that my life and ministry as a pastor can one day be like David Wilkerson’s – in obedience to God’s voice, in service to the poor and in boldness to preach winning souls to the glory of Christ.

  11. I sure did enjoy reading and listening to his sermons, a true Man of Yah!

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