Died: Melvin E. Banks, publisher of black Sunday School curriculum

Died: Melvin E. Banks, publisher of black Sunday School curriculum (CT) Melvin E. Banks, founder of the largest black Christian publishing house in the United States, died on February 13 at age 86. Banks started Urban Ministries Inc. in the basement of his home in Chicago in 1970, focusing on Sunday school curriculum and Bible study materials for African American Christians. The ministry grew to serve more than 50,000 black churches. Read More… Dr. Banks received ECPA Lifetime Achievement Award…

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Obituary Announcements: William B. Eerdmans Jr. and Jill Kinnaman

William B. Eerdmans Jr. dies at 97 William B. Eerdmans Jr. died on November 13. He led the Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company for more than fifty years, and started work at the company when he was thirteen. He became president of the Eerdmans Publishing Co. in 1963, taking over from his father, Bill Eerdmans Sr., who founded the company in 1911. Read More… Jill Kinnaman dies; wife of Barna president Dave Kinnaman From Dave Kinnaman — “On October 28,…

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Jeffrey Lauer, VP of Global Publishing at Josh McDowell Ministry, dies

With deep sadness, the Josh McDowell Ministry today announced the accidental death of Jeffrey Lauer, Vice President of Global Publishing on December 28, 2018 in Cancun, Mexico. Jeff went home to Jesus while on vacation with family. His wife of 39 years, Jennifer reported that he was pulled underwater by a strong undertow while playing with his grandson. Jennifer said, “Although we are in shock and numb our confidence in Jeff’s salvation gives us peace and strength. Jeff was doing…

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Former Howard editor Denny Audette Boultinghouse passes

Former Howard editor Denny Audette Boultinghouse passes Franklin – Denny Boultinghouse was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, on September 1, 1950 and passed away In Franklin, Tennessee, on July 28, 2018, at the age of 67. He was the son of Harvey and Nelda Boultinghouse. Denny made friends with everyone he met. He loved to tease and was always ready with a practical joke. Denny gave his life to Kingdom service. His lifetime of sharing God’s grace began in Oildale, California,…

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Former Associate Publisher at UMPH, Mary Catherine Dean, dies at 65

Former Associate Publisher at UMPH, Mary Catherine Dean, dies at 65 It is with deep sadness that UMPH announces the passing of Mary Catherine Dean Monday afternoon. Many of you will have known her as the Managing Editor/Editor-in-Chief of Abingdon Press. A member of the UMPH staff since 1983, Mary Catherine served as editor for scores of Abingdon authors, including Jim Moore, who wrote Yes, Lord, I Have Sinned, But I Have Several Excellent Excuses and other best sellers. Having…

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ECPA mourns passing of Rev. Billy Graham and honors his publishing legacy

ECPA mourns passing of Rev. Billy Graham and honors his publishing legacy Graham Given ECPA Lifetime Achievement Award in 1990 Christian Book of the Year® awarded to Graham’s book, Nearing Home, in 2012 (TEMPE, ARIZ., February 21, 2018)  The Evangelical Christian Publishing Association (ECPA) mourns the passing of legendary evangelist and author Rev. Billy Graham who died today at age 99. “Billy Graham played a remarkable role in Christian publishing,” says ECPA Executive Director Stan Jantz.  “His multiple bestselling books…

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“America’s Pastor,” famed evangelist, and Christianity Today founder, Billy Graham, has died

“America’s Pastor,” famed evangelist, and Christianity Today founder, Billy Graham, has died Carol Stream, IL February 21, 2018 – Famed evangelist and founder of Christianity Today magazine, Billy Graham, died peacefully on Wednesday, February 21 at his mountaintop home in Montreat, North Carolina at the age of 99. During his life, Graham preached the gospel of Jesus Christ to over 200 million people across the world—over 100 million in person at his popular rallies. With his authenticity and passion for proclaiming…

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Dr. R.C. Sproul called home to the Lord

    Dr. R.C. Sproul called home to the Lord Dr. R.C. Sproul went home to be with the Lord on December 14th around 3 p.m. surrounded by his wife, Vesta, and family in his hospital room in Altamonte Springs, Fla. He was 78. He died peacefully after being hospitalized twelve days ago due to severe respiratory difficulties exacerbated by the flu and complicated by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Known to millions of Christians as simply “R.C.,” he was used of the…

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Industry pioneer John Bass passes

Industry pioneer John Bass passes COLORADO SPRINGS, CO. – Former CBA Executive Director John Bass passed away Nov. 5 at age 91. Bass led CBA from 1965-1985, and is credited with visionary thinking that grew the association from 800 member stores to more than 3,200 members, as well as forging the path for technology implementation that would result in the POS and e-commerce systems used today. During his leadership, he expanded workshops and the education program, transformed the association newsletter to…

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Nabeel Qureshi, author of ‘Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus,’ passes

Nabeel Qureshi, author of “Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus,” passes (Nashville, TN) September 18, 2017— It is with deep sympathy for family and loved ones that HarperCollins Christian Publishing recognizes the passing of Nabeel Qureshi, who lost his year-long battle with stomach cancer on Saturday, September 16, 2017, and entered into the presence of Jesus, whom he had embraced as his Savior and Lord. He was 34 years old. A convert from Islam to Christianity, Qureshi was known as an apologist for…

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Novelist Lynn Morris, daughter of Gilbert Morris, has died

Novelist Lynn Morris, daughter of Gilbert Morris, has died Beloved novelist, Lynn Morris, daughter of Gilbert Morris, passed away January 28th from complications of pneumonia. Lynn was the author or coauthor of more than 20 works of historical fiction. Her publishers included Bethany, Thomas Nelson, Zondervan, FaithWords, Harlequin, and Hendrickson. She is perhaps best known for her bestselling eight-book series, Cheney Duvall, M.D.  Greg Johnson, president of WordServe Literary and her agent for the last 20 years said, “She was…

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Shirley Hawkins, Wife of Harvest House Founder, Dies at 90

Shirley Hawkins, Wife of Harvest House Founder, Dies at 90 Contact: Christianne Debysingh, Harvest House Publishers 888-468-4108 cdebysingh@harvesthousepublishers.com www.harvesthousepublishers.com Eugene, Oregon—November 25, 2016—Shirley Jean Hawkins, loving wife of Harvest House Publishers’ visionary founder, Bob Hawkins Sr., went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, November 23, 2016.  At 90, she died quickly after being diagnosed just weeks earlier with advanced inoperable ovarian cancer. A memorial celebration service will be held on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 3:00 pm at…

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Author Dr. Lawrence O. Richards Passes

Author Dr. Lawrence O. Richards Passes On Sunday, October 16, 2016, prominent Christian author Dr. Lawrence O. Richards passed away.  Amongst more than 200 works, Richards was the general editor of The Adventure Bible the co-general editor alongside his wife, Sue, for the NIV Teen Study Bible   (Zondervan).  Editor-in-chief and senior v-p and publisher for Zondervan, Stan Gundry commented, “Larry Richards has been my friend and partner in publishing for 37 years. Zondervan published many of his books, and for a number of years…

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WaterBrook Multnomah Grieves the Loss of Beloved Authors Jerry Bridges and Gary Smalley

WaterBrook Multnomah Grieves the Loss of Beloved Authors Jerry Bridges and Gary Smalley WaterBrook Multnomah mourns the loss of two outstanding authors and friends in the passing of Jerry Bridges and Gary Smalley, who both died unrelatedly on March 6, 2016.  Jerry Bridges was one of the most widely recognized and trusted Christian writers of the last 50 years and was a conference speaker and Bible teacher. He served as Vice-President for Corporate Affairs of The Navigators and his most…

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The Pursuit of Holiness Author Jerry Bridges Dies at Age 86

The Pursuit of Holiness Author Jerry Bridges Dies at Age 86 Contact: Margie Watterson, Margiewatterson@tyndale.com, 630.784.5174 Colorado Springs, CO –  March 6, 2016—Jerry Bridges, popular NavPress author and 60-year member of The Navigators ministry, passed away Sunday, March 6, 2016, from heart failure. He was 86.  Jerry was best known as the author of The Pursuit of Holiness (NavPress 1978), which has sold more than a million copies. He authored nearly 20 books including Trusting God, Respectable Sins, and The Practice of Godliness.  His final book, The Blessing of…

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