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Warren Wiersbe dies at age 89

Trinity CommunicationsMay 07, 2019

Photo credit: Back to the Bible

Warren W. Wiersbe, often referred to as a “pastor’s pastor,” died May 2 at his home in Lincoln, Nebraska. He was 89.

In recent years, Wiersbe contributed greatly to the popular radio program Back to the Bible. He also presented seminars on effective sermon preparation at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where president David S. Dockery considered him a great friend of the institution.

“Warren Wiersbe was a gifted communicator and expositor of God’s Word,” Dockery said. “His ministry touched many people across the country. I was privileged to call him a friend. He was a faithful donor and encourager of the work at Trinity on an annual basis.”

In the late 1970s, Wiersbe taught practical theology classes at TEDS. His written materials for the classes formed course materials at both TEDS and Dallas Theological Seminary.

TEDS research professor of church history and the history of Christian thought John Woodbridge remembers Wiersbe as a personal hero.

“Warren truly loved Holy Scripture and Christ,” Woodbridge said. “He carefully unpacked the Bible’s teachings in a way literally thousands of his listeners could understand and appropriate.  Plus, Warren shared with others uncommon Christian counsel but did so in a humble manner.

“I am very thankful to the Lord for the life and ministry of this pastor servant.”

Wiersbe was born in East Chicago, Indiana and professed faith in Christ at age 16 after hearing a young Billy Graham preach, according to Justin Taylor, executive vice president for book publishing and publisher for books at Crossway. Taylor writes that Wiersbe was ordained as a minister in 1951, when he began pastoring a church in East Chicago.

Years later, he pastored Calvary Baptist Church in Covington, Kentucky and Moody Memorial Church in Chicago.

At Calvary, Taylor writes that a nearby radio station provided opportunity for Wiersbe to preach on the airwaves, initiating a program called the Calvary Hour.

At Moody, Wiersbe began to reach out to other pastors with a regular column in Moody Monthly. Erwin Lutzer, also a former Moody Memorial Church pastor, estimates that Wiersbe wrote about 150 books.

“Wiersbe was a wordsmith par excellence,” Lutzer wrote in a tribute to his late friend. “He called himself a bridge builder, filling leadership roles in times of need and transition.”

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