World renowned Bible teacher Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe died on May 2, at the age of 89.
He wore many hats in the Christian community. They included pastor, teacher and writer of more than 160 books.
Wiersbe had several Chattanooga connections. He was a personal friend of the late Dr. Lee Roberson, longtime pastor of Highland Park Baptist Church and former WMBW radio station manager Dean Sipple.
WDYN radio general manager Tom Sneed said Dr. Wiersbe conducted many revivals and Bible Conferences at Highland Park. Mr. Sneed said Dr. Wiersbe was one of Dr. Robersons favorites. Dr. Roberson called Dr. Wiersbe “one of the best Bible teachers of all time”.
Dr. Roberson said his message was simple, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shall be saved”. Dr. Roberson said one time, he’d lost count of the number of books and commentaries written by Dr. Wiersbe.
The late Mr. Sipple said everytime he traveled to the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago for meetings he would visit with Dr. Wiersbe. Mr. Sipple said Dr. Wiersbe was especially helpful when his son died.
Dr. Wiersbe loved to write. His family is donating the Wiersbe Library to Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio.
The late Ruth Lanham, owner of Lanhams Bible Bookshop in Chattanooga said, the Wiersbe Bible Commentary of the Old and New Testaments were among the most popular of pastors and Bible Students. Mrs. Lanham said his book sales would probably run in the millions. Mrs. Lanham said she and her husband John met Dr. Wiersbe at the Bibletown conference in Flordia. She said he was so gracious.
Dr. Wiersbe pastored the Calvary Baptist Church in Covington, Kentucky during the 70s. He succeeded the late Dr. Theodore Epp as main speaker on “Back to the Bible”. Many of those Bible lessons are still being heard today on the program.
Dr. Wiersbe is probably best known for his association with the Moody Bible Institute and pastor of the Moody Memorial Church in Chicago. His sermons are featured regularly on the Bible Broadcasting Network out of Charlotte.
Dr. Weirsbe is pictured with Dr. Roberson and Dr. David Bouler, former Highland Park Baptist Pastor.