By Carl Stagner
Their words of wisdom still echo in our minds. Their gestures of love are as vivid as they ever were. Their touch on our lives can still be felt. They are our heroes of the faith, and though their physical presence may be gone from this earth, their influence and impact remain. A recent video created by Church of God Ministries pays tribute to many of those ordained ministers whose departure from this life leaves us with an inexplicable blend of grief and joy.
Please note that, due to the voluntary nature in the Church of God of reporting ordained ministers who have passed away, not every recently deceased minister is included in this tribute—nor does every minister have a picture included. But we wanted to take this opportunity to honor as many as we possibly could this year in which no large-scale convention was held. We also recognize that many godly leaders have passed away since this video was completed. Please know that we affirm their life and legacies, as well, and that they may be included in the next video tribute. Thank you for your understanding.
As we honor the life and legacies of these tremendous leaders, we also lift the families and congregations affected by loss up to the Lord in prayer.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” —2 Timothy 4:7 NIV