4/30/2011

Teen Challenge founder killed in traffic accident


One of the greatest evangelists of our time has gone to be with the Lord.


Published Wednesday, April 27, 2011 8:30 PM

David Wilkerson


David Wilkerson — founder ofTeen Challenge which has its South Carolina headquarters in Georgetown County — has passed away.
Charisma Online reports Wilkerson died Wednesday in an automobile accident in Texas.
Wilkerson founded Times Square Church in New York City and was the focus of the book and movie The Cross and the Switchblade.
Wilkerson founded Teen Challenge in 1960. The goal of Teen Challenge is to help troubled youth and adults, particularly those with life-controlling problems due to drugs or alcohol.
Over five decades, the Christ-centered Teen Challenge program has consistently shown one of the world's highest success rates, according to the organization’s website.
The organization’s only facility in South Carolina is on a 45 acre tract in the Yauhannah area of Georgetown County.
It has a dorm that houses up to 20 men which opened last year.
The first building, used as an office and counseling facility was dedicated in 2005. There is also a classroom building.
S.C. Teen Challenge Director Wayne Powell said he has “so many memories” of Wilkerson and “so many lives” have been changed through his ministry. “
We will move on from here because there is a cause that is bigger than us and that is the way he would have it,” Powell said.



Teen Challenge founder killed in traffic accident

3 comments:

DawnTreader said...

Thanks for sharing this. I read that book and one or two others by or about him back in the 70s.

Heather T. said...

I had heard this, too...it's too bad, but he surely made a mark in life. We have a Teen Challenge facility here in Vermont. The men come to our church every so often throughout the year and share their testimonies with the congregation. You should hear them sing, all together with such might and strength.

Mrs B said...

It's always so tragic when someone who has touched so many lives passes. I hadn't heard of him or of Teen Challenge before, but I'm glad to know of it now. Very lovely tribute post to him.

I thought I'd followed here as well when I started following Photographing NZ, but I guess I didn't. Goes to show that you really do lose your mind during menopause! LOL

Have a blessed weekend!
~Mrs B