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
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,…
Eric Metaxas, NYC radio host and author
Last year I had the great honor of this time with the legendary @RaviZacharias. Please watch & RT & pray that the work of @RZIMhq thrives in continuing the work Ravi began. What a faithful instrument of God he has been in so many lives! Today he is home. https://t.co/FBjqAHV6Qq
— Eric Metaxas (@ericmetaxas) May 19, 2020
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
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…
Musician David Crowder
Today heaven rejoices & welcomes home a giant of the faith. Today we miss & mourn the loss of a friend & a teacher.
“When you come to a religion, you come to a place. When you come to Jesus, you come to a person.” @RaviZacharias
Today Ravi meets Jesus in person. That’s amazing pic.twitter.com/nilHO0EUzQ
— David Crowder (@crowdermusic) May 19, 2020
Jim Cymbala, senior pastor of Brooklyn Tabernacle
Thanking the Lord for the life and ministry of my dear friend, Ravi Zacharias. pic.twitter.com/me5J6dVkPs
— Pastor Jim Cymbala (@jimcymbala) May 17, 2020
Christine Caine, author and conference speaker
#ThankYouRavi Dr. Ravi Zacharias has had a profound impact on my life. He is such a brilliant, kind and compassionate man. I’m posting this video now because it’s important for people to know their impact on your life while you can still tell them. Thank you @RaviZacharias pic.twitter.com/QDOsGSwnpj
— Christine Caine (@ChristineCaine) May 11, 2020
Tim Tebow, former NFL quarterback, New York Mets minor league player, and founder of Night to Shine
To my friend, my mentor and a great hero of the faith @RaviZacharias — Thank you.
I know I’ll see you again and I look forward to that day. Love you brother!
— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) May 19, 2020
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…
Today is a sad day for this side of the Kingdom! We lost Ravi Zacharias, one of the most gifted and influential…