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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


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


Eric Metaxas, NYC radio host and author

Max McLean, founder of Fellowship for the Performing Arts


Franklin Graham, founder of Samaritans Purse


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


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