Warren Wiersbe, Biblical Scholar Known as ‘the Pastor’s Pastor’, Dies at 89

Prolific Biblical scholar Warren Wiersbe died on Thursday. He was 89. (Baker Publishing photo)

A biblical scholar often quoted by Evangelical pastors and teachers has died, according to his family. Warren Wiersbe passed away on Thursday, May 2. He was 89.

Wiersbe’s grandson, Dan Jacobson, posted the news and a tribute to his grandfather on his blog on Thursday.

Wiersbe wrote more than 150 books dating back to the 1950s. He was referred to as “the pastor’s pastor” because his Bible commentaries and study aides were used so widely around the world. His books were translated into dozens of languages.

He first served Central Baptist Church in Lombard, Illinois, beginning in 1951. In the late 1950s he worked for Youth for Christ International. The same organization that gave a start to the ministry of a young Billy Graham.

Following his work at Youth for Christ, Wiersbe served at Calvary Baptist Church in Covington, Kentucky, from 1961 until 1971. In addition to pastoring, he worked as a seminary professor, radio Bible teacher, and writer. More than 4,000,000 copies of his books have been sold.

Not only was Wiersbe an avid writer, he was also a consummate reader. His personal library is said to contain more than 10,000 books.

Jacobson paid tribute to his grandfather and his life of faithful Christian service. “Grandpa built bridges from the world of the Bible to the world of today so that we could get to the other side of glory in Jesus.”

SOURCE: Kentucky Today, Brandon Porter