World-renowned, bestselling Whitaker House author Don Gossett passed away early this morning at age 85, his wife Debra at his side, according to a ministry spokesperson. The prolific author was also a pastor, worldwide evangelist, missionary, and longtime Christian broadcaster, serving in active ministry for 66 years.
Best known for his teaching on praise and the power of the spoken word, many of his books are considered classics, such as What You Say Is What You Get, There’s Dynamite in Praise, The Power of Your Words, and Words That Move Mountains, coauthored with E. W. Kenyon.
“We’ve lost a pioneer whose teaching impacted several generations,” said Whitaker House President Bob Whitaker Jr. “Don Gossett was among the first to teach that ordinary people, not only the clergy, could stand on the authority of God’s Word to teach, preach, and heal in the name of Jesus.”
Gossett began serving in ministry in the 1940s. He apprenticed with well-known evangelist T. L. Osborn who would encourage him to launch his own evangelistic ministry. Gossett started his radio program,Bold Bible Living, in 1961. The broadcast grew to reach millions of listeners living in 89 nations. His work has been translated into 18 languages with over 25 million distributed worldwide.
“No matter how famous he became, Don remained a humble and happy man – he was a pleasure to work with,” Whitaker said. “I shall miss him.”
Don’s first wife, Joyce, with whom he had five children, passed away in 1991. He and his current wife, Debra, an ordained minister, have been partners in marriage and ministry since 1995. They have 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Gossett’s legacy is guaranteed to live on with a Whitaker House new book coauthored by the late E. W. Kenyon scheduled for release in 2015. His recent series of interviews on It’s Supernatural! with Sid Roth are also available online: www.sidroth.org/television/tv- archives/don-gossett.
In recent years Gossett had begun reaching a new generation via social media. What he posted on Facebook following the death of his mentor T. L. Osborn last year serves as a fitting eulogy for Gossett himself: “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints,” he wrote. “…it was completely true that for him to live was Christ. Now he has received the ‘gain’ of heaven.”
A public “Homegoing Celebration” to honor Gossett is being planned for January 2015. Details will be available at: www.dongossett.com