David Wilkerson - The Cross, The Switchblade, And The Man Who Believed
Author: Gary Wilkerson with R.S.B. Sawyer
This is the story of David Wilkerson, the man who believed against the odds that God could do great things in the rejected and ignored of New York City, who refused to give up on those on the streets even when they had given up on themselves, and who saw in the eyes of the drug addicts and gang members what others failed to see -the love of Jesus Christ. But who was David Wilkerson? Many Christians don't really know. More often than not, we saw the fruit of his faith in God rather than the man himself. When Wilkerson moved to New York from rural Pennsylvania in 1958 to confront the gangs who ran the streets, he was a skinny, 120-pound man. After the initial publicity that brought him face to face with some of the most dangerous young men of the city, he largely flew under the radar of the media, using the Word of God and a bit of tough love to help men and women of the street escape the destructive spiral of drugs and violence. Wilkerson was always the real deal, full of passion and conviction, not interested in what others said was the ? right? or political thing to do. Wilkerson later founded the Times Square Church, now a non-denominational mega- church of 8, 000 members, to this day a crossroads for those battling sin, drugs, and pornography, and a place where the message of Christ is discussed. He created the faith-based program Teen Challenge to wean addicts off drugs, and then World Challenge, dedicated since its beginning to promoting and spreading the Gospel throughout the world. Both now have branches worldwide, continuing the work that God began in the life of one man who believed David Wilkerson was a man of faith who trusted God would give him what he needed to enter a world of crime and killing. He was a man of conviction who took the dream God gave him and marched forward without ever looking back. And he was a man of vision who could not be shaken from his beliefs -sometimes even when counseled otherwise. David Wilkerson was the preacher of New York City.
About The Author: Gary Randall Wilkerson was born on July 19, 1958. He was the third of four children and the first son of David and Gwen Wilkerson. Gary remembers receiving a clear call for ministry from God early on in his life. At the age of 19, God began to fulfill this call in his life through a position as a youth pastor. From that time Gary has helped lead and plant numerous churches, an orphanage and many mission outreaches both nationally and internationally. From 1999 to 2008 Gary traveled with his father, David Wilkerson, conducting pastors’ conferences around the world. He continues to lead pastors' conferences to encourage pastors and church leaders. In 2009, Gary founded The Springs Church in Colorado Springs, CO. He then took full leadership of World Challenge as its president in 2010.
Throughout his ministry, Gary has seen God’s heart for the impoverished and hurting of the world. He has focused the mission work of World Challenge to minister Christ’s love to the poorest of the poor around the globe. He shares this same heart as he ministers to leaders at pastors' conferences and to the congregation at The Springs Church. His desire is that all would know the life and joy found in Jesus Christ.
Publication Date: September 2014