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Rev. David Wilkerson Killed in Texas Car Crash

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, “But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.  For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive [and] remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep.  For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.  Then we who are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.  Therefore comfort one another with these words.”

“Rev. David Wilkerson, founding pastor of Times Square Church in New York City and author of the well-known book The Cross and the Switchblade, was killed Wednesday in a head-on collision in Texas. He was 79.

‘It is with deepest of sadness that we have to inform you of the sudden passing of Reverend David Wilkerson, our founding pastor,’ Times Square Church Senior Pastor Carter Conlon said in a statement on the church website.

Conlon added that details of the family’s wishes and a memorial service would be provided as information became available.

Crash Details

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.

Wilkerson was pronounced dead on the scene.”  Read more.

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  1. Kurt J.
    04/28/2011 at 12:10 AM

    My wife and I met and got married at Times Square Church in New York City, where David was the pastor, in 1990.

    Wilkerson had a passion for God like few others I have seen. He could be both harsh and unyielding in his preaching on one hand, and then be so gentle and tender at other times. He definitely had a prophetic mantle on him; there’s really no other way to describe it.


  2. ICA
    04/28/2011 at 12:54 AM


  3. AtHisFeet
    04/28/2011 at 1:20 PM

    I have listened to him for years and received his devotionals. I was always drawn to him as a man who had an unquenchable passion for Jesus. I have tears in my eyes, but rejoice in knowing that he is now beholding the face of his precious Savior.

    He spent the last few years really trying to wake the church up. He knew in his heart that Christ is returning very, very soon. He sent out this urgent message back in 2009:


    And this one just recently:


    So, his work here is done.


  4. 04/28/2011 at 3:31 PM

    I just subscribed to his daily devotional about 2 months ago and it was always a hi-light of my day to come to work and read it, he had the most awesome, and positive way of getting out Gods message – I will truely miss his daily devotions – I remember years ago reading his book The Cross and the Switch Blade it was an awsome story. The link below is from his site mentioned above by AtHisFeet (first link) and it is very pertanent today – Americas Last Call which is also a free down load.

    Click to access americas_last_call.pdf


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