In April, it was one year since a car accident on U.S. 175 in Texas took the life of David Wilkerson, founding pastor of Times Square Church, founder of the addiction-recovery program, Teen Challenge, and author of the bestselling book The Cross and the Switchblade (which chronicled his ministry in New York City among gang members and drug addicts). When he veered his car, also carrying his wife Gwen, into the pathway of a tractor trailer going westbound, many worried that the vibrant multi-national congregation would never be the same. However, the church is still going strong under the leadership of Carter Conlon. During Sunday’s sermon, he said Pastor Wilkerson had warned him not to make a shrine at their church when he eventually died, saying it would diminish the work of God that has been done there.
I did, however, want to take a moment to commemorate his life and legacy, one year later, here.