Wilkerson Remembered as Dear Friend, Giving Servant

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Thousands gathered to remember their pastor, spiritual father, counselor and friend, Rev. David Wilkerson, during a memorial service at his Times Square Church in New York City, Saturday.

The May 14 service marked a candid event for all to remember the man who had impacted so many lives.

Pastor Carter Conlon, leader of Times Square Church, described Wilkerson as a "dear friend" who loved doing the work of God.

Click play to watch CBN News Reporter Efrem Graham's updated report.

"He would be so uncomfortable getting all these accolades. He stayed out of the limelight... But I knew we could get away with it today," Conlon said laughing. "I know that he's leaning over the balcony of Heaven saying, 'Enough pastor, enough. I'm not dead. I'm very much alive, standing around the throne of God.'"

"Today we are given the privilege of picking up that torch that was given to him," Conlon added.

Wilkerson died in a car crash April 27 in Texas. He was laid to rest in a private ceremony May 2.

His wife, Gwen, was also involved in the accident. Family members expect her to be released from the hospital within the next three to four weeks.

"The peace that God has given our family is really encouraging. Your prayers have been answered," Wilkerson's son Greg said, adding that his mom is "getting stronger each day."

"You've heard the saying, 'Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes' -- well that's my mother," he said jokingly. "She brought reality to our family."

Click below to watch Pastor Gary Wilkerson speak at his father's memorial service.

Greg also talked about his personal experience with a back injury, and how his father assured him God would get him through.

"I am so glad that I can stand here today and say that I am healed," he said. "Before my daddy left, he was able to see his prayer (of healing) answered about me."

Rev. Wilkerson's brother Don told the story of being asked to help lead the ministry Teen Challenge as his brother's schedule grew busy.

"People would say 'Jesus I know. Dave I know. But who are you?'" he recalled. "And Dave would respond, 'Don, God knows who you are.'"

"He mentored me well," Don continued. "Now he is face to face with the One he loved and served. I will miss him so much until the one day that I will be with him, side by side.

Wilkerson's son-in-law Roger Hayslip also took the stage, remembering his "dad" as a giving man who was real and sincere.

Hayslip read Proverbs 11:24-28, which starts with, "One person gives freely, yet gains even more." He dubbed it the "David Wilkerson 101" scripture.

"If you've been one of the many people who've be on the receiving end of that giving, you know exactly what I mean," he said.

Each speaker thanked Wilkerson for his committment, and admired his ability to reach so many different types of people.

Wilkerson's son Gary recently got a letter from a 4th grader about his father's passing. He tearfully shared the boy's words.

"He said, 'I'm very sorry that your dad died. But it's good to know that he was a Christian so that there was a great chance that he may've ended up in Heaven,'" Gary read.

"The greatest joy is that my father is in Heaven," he continued. "[And] he drug a lot of people with him to Heaven."

Learn more about Pastor David Wilkerson's Legacy of Faith on the special CBNNews.com page.

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