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Greater NYC Pastors, Ministry Leaders Join Christians Across the World in Mourning, Celebrating the Life of Ravi Zacharias


Photo: Ravi Zacharias and A.R. Bernard (Facebook)

Ravi Zacharias, one of the world’s most foremost Christian apologists, has passed away. Zacharias, 74, died this morning at his home in Atlanta, following a brief battle with sarcoma. He is survived by his wife Margie; daughters, Sarah and Naomi; son, Nathan; and five grandchildren.

Ravi Zacharias spent the past 48 years commending the Christian faith and addressing life’s greatest existential questions of origin, meaning, morality and destiny with eloquence and grace. Through his founding and leadership of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM), he launched a global team of nearly 100 Christian scholars and authors who continue to speak, resource, train and address the questions of millions around the world.

On social media, reaction to his death was widespread, with various tributes and testimonies of how Zacharias impacted some of the world’s most reknowned leaders. Below are a few of the local and national leaders who eremembered him:

Dr. A.R. Bernard, senior pastor of Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, New York

A moment in time with my spiritual brother Ravi Zacharias. He left an indelible mark on my life. Please keep his family in your prayers. RIP 1946-2020

Posted by A. R. Bernard on Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Jinu Thomas, founder of Collyde Summit. Ravi Zacharias was the keynote speaker of the 2019 Collyde Summit, entitled “Fearless.”

Heaven's Gain Today.Thank you, Ravi. I will spend the day, this week and this year in mourning remembering you. Alas,…

Posted by Jinu Thomas on Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Eric Metaxas, NYC radio host and author

Max McLean, founder of Fellowship for the Performing Arts

Just received word that our dear brother Ravi Zacharias passed into glory at 240 AM EST this morning. "Here we have no continuing city. We await the one to come." Hebrews 13:14

Posted by Max McLean on Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Franklin Graham, founder of Samaritans Purse

Ravi Zacharias, one of the great Christian apologists of our time, has stepped into the streets of glory and into the…

Posted by Franklin Graham on Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Musician David Crowder

Jim Cymbala, senior pastor of Brooklyn Tabernacle

Christine Caine, author and conference speaker

Tim Tebow, former NFL quarterback, New York Mets minor league player, and founder of Night to Shine

Pastor Tim Mercaldo, Staten Island

In 1981, I had the privilege of meeting Ravi at a lecture series he presented at The King’s College (then located in…

Posted by Timothy J Mercaldo on Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Sam Mikhail, CEO of Jungle Communications and the publisher of EverythingJerseyCity.com  

Today is a sad day for this side of the Kingdom! We lost Ravi Zacharias, one of the most gifted and influential…

Posted by Sam Mikhail on Tuesday, May 19, 2020