A Tribute to Dwight L. Dye

Dwight L. Dye

By Carl Stagner

Christians Broadcasting Hope makes it possible for the hope of Jesus to be heard in Arabic, Creole, English, French, Portuguese, Hindi and Odia, Spanish, and Swahili. Today the Church of God owes a debt of gratitude to Dwight L. Dye, for it was under his executive leadership of CBH from 1984 to 1995 that the ministry swelled to include a total of eight different languages among its broadcasts. Dwight’s global reach was matched only by his local impact, though, through his service as a highly influential pastor of Church of God congregations in Oklahoma and Indiana. Though he passed away this year, his legacy of love calls us to exhibit Christ in like manner—whether over the airwaves, online, or face to face.

According to his obituary, Dwight L. Dye was born on January 29, 1931, in Parkersburg, West Virginia. He graduated from Anderson University (College at the time), earned a master’s degree from the University of Tulsa, and would later be awarded an honorary doctorate from Warner University (then Warner Southern). Notable among the churches he pastored was East Side Church of God in Anderson, Indiana, for fifteen years; and Westridge Hills Church of God in Oklahoma City before that, which would one day become the Crossings Community Church, now the largest of Church of God congregations.

Dwight’s remarkable leadership and managerial skills took Christians Broadcasting Hope to new heights during a season of ministry which began in 1984. For eleven years, Dwight Dye combined his pastoral experience with his abilities to see a vision come to pass, and Christians Broadcasting Hope was all the better for it. John Walters, who oversees CBH today, insists that “the impact of Dwight’s influence on Christians Broadcasting Hope cannot be overstated. His love, commitment, and leadership to the ministry continues yet today to impact millions around the world with a word of hope.”

Dye rises to speak in the Westridge Hills OKC gym; Phil Fair (worship leader) seated in foreground. Late 60s. Courtesy Kelly Fair.

Jim Lyon, Church of God Ministries’ general director, couldn’t agree more. “Dwight Dye was a visionary who advanced the ministry of the local church and the Movement,” he reflects. “His leadership at Christians Broadcasting Hope opened doors of global reach and strengthened the work here at home. He was a superb leader, a manager, and articulate preacher. But, above all of these, he was a pastor. Dwight was a man who understood what it was to shepherd, to love and care for God’s people.”

Jim would know. Not only does Jim sit behind the CBH microphone for the English broadcast ViewPoint, but he also is also a direct recipient of Dwight L. Dye’s influence and blessing.

“His wisdom, smile, and faithful witness will not be forgotten by the thousands with whom he shared the Way of Jesus,” Jim concludes. “I am one of those.”

Dwight Dye is survived by his wife Carolyn Sue, a daughter and son, three grandsons, and four great-grandchildren. A memorial service is scheduled for 1:30 PM on Saturday, August 24, at East Side Church of God, 2600 E 5th St, Anderson, IN 46012. To plant a tree in memory of Dwight, visit the Tribute Store.

For the obituary, visit https://obituaries.heraldbulletin.com/obituary/dwight-dye-1076484573. Learn more about CBH: Christians Broadcasting Hope at www.cbhviewpoint.org. Learn more about the Church of God at www.jesusisthesubject.org.

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