Christian journalist Dan Wooding, who was the founder of ASSIST News Service and considered a pioneer in media missionary work, died Wednesday morning in the UK, his sons Peter and Andrew Wooding reported. He was 79.
Peter and Andrew stated in a Facebook post to friends that their father “peacefully passed away at 9 am UK time this morning.
“He has left a remarkable legacy to us as a family and to the Christian media community as a true journalistic/missions pioneer who founded Assist News Service. We’d value prayers for our mother Norma Wooding.”
Wooding was struggling over the last couple of years with poor health as the result of complications from Leukemia and the ensuing treatments. He often chronicled his struggles on his Facebook account.
Dan’s wife Norma asks that donations be made to Mercy Projects in lieu of flowers. Thank you. And thank you Dan for your faithful service to the Lord.
Two decades ago, he invited me to lunch to meet for the first time and introduced me to a term that I had never heard of before — media missionary.
Wooding, who was also the host of Front Page Radio on K-WAVE, and author of From Tabloid to Truth was the quintessential media missionary.
He played a large part in sending me on a trajectory that’s led to some very exciting times. I had already missed him a lot after he and Norma moved to the UK a couple of years ago. I would see him often at different media events, Christian gatherings and conferences. Sometimes, we’d share a press box lunch together and I’d pin him down about his tabloid days in the UK, hanging out with British rock stars and the like.
He was an award-winning journalist who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, Alfred and Anne Wooding from Liverpool. He had been married to Norma for 57 years. They had lived in the US for 36 years and returned home to be close to their two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren, according to ASSIST.
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SOURCE: Assist News, Alex Murashko