Legacy of Faith: Pastor David Wilkerson

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News of Rev. David Wilkerson's death raced across social networking sites as hundreds expressed their grief over the loss of the man many considered to be a spiritual giant of the faith.

Memories and prayers honoring Wilkerson's legacy flooded Twitter and Facebook as Christians learned of his passing.

Wilkerson founded Times Square Church, World Challenge and Teen Challenge. He died in a head-on collision in East Texas Wednesday afternoon. He was 79.

"Dad’s 60-plus years of ministry have impacted the lives of those closest to him and extended to millions around the world," his son, Gary Wilkerson, writes in his blog. 

"Today we feel a personal loss," the blog read. "But at the same time we rejoice knowing Dad lived life to the fullest, obeying God with devotion and loving Jesus radically." Read more of Gary Wilkerson's blog here.

David Wilkerson's wife, Gwendolyn, 70, was injured and rushed to a local hospital. She is in fair condition and expected to recover, according to the Times Square Church website.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 14 at 2 p.m. ET at Times Square Church in Manhattan, N.Y.  Doors will open to the public at 12 p.m. CBNNews.com will be streaming the service live, beginning at 2 p.m.

How did Pastor David Wilkerson's ministry and life impact you?
Leave a tribute for Wilkerson or a prayer for his church and family in the comments section below.

Pastor Wilkerson has been a guest on "The 700 Club" several times through the years. Watch those appearances and more below.


Ex-gang leader Nicky Cruz talks about his 'spiritual father'
Cruz shares with CBN News how Rev. Wilkerson changed his life.


CBN's Scott Ross and David Wilkerson
Church of the Week, June 1998


CBN's Scott Ross and David Wilkerson, 1998
Ross talks with Wilkerson in New York City.


Wilkerson's Prophetic Word about New York City, 1993
Pastor Wilkerson gives a prophetic warning to America and specifically to New York City, on the January 5, 1993 edition of "The 700 Club."


David Wilkerson 1973 appearance "The 700 Club"
Pat Robertson talks with Rev. Wilkerson about his ministry.


David Wilkerson 1987 profile story on "The 700 Club"

Scott Ross profiles Wilkerson on his "Person to Person" segment on "The 700 Club," in May 1987.


Wilkerson on "The 700 Club," Sept. 1987
Wilkerson, along with Pastor Jack Hayford, discuss the state of the Church, after a series of scandals rocked the evangelical community.


Wilkerson's 1975 Appearance on "The 700 Club"
Wilkerson discusses his prophetic book "The Vision," as well as the telling characteristic of age of the 'anti-Christ.'

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