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Ed Dobson Dies at the Age of 66

Ed Dobson, pastor and early leader with the Moral Majority, died over the weekend.  He was 66 (just four days shy of his 67th birthday). You may remember Dobson as an early executive, along with Jerry Falwell, in the Moral Majority. He worked with Falwell for over 14 years before becoming the pastor at Calvary Church in Grand Rapids, MI in 1987. During his time at Calvary, Dobson mentored a young Rob Bell, who later left Calvary to start Mars Hill Church.

For the past 15 years, Dobson has been very open about his dealing with Lou Gehrig’s disease. (One of Dobson’s sons, Kent, was one of Bell’s replacements at Mars Hill). Ed was also an author… with his biggest book released a few years ago detailing his efforts to live like Jesus for a year. He had served on staff at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, and had drawn some fire for drinking beer and voting for Barack Obama in 2008. In one of his last interviews, Dobson talks with Mart DeHaan about his ALS and how the reality of death changed his purpose and quality of life. You can watch the video here. Our prayers go out to Ed’s family, including his wife, Lorna, and his two sons and one daughter. Read more about Ed Dobson and his life here. Here’s another short video featuring Ed answering the question: “What do you say to someone who is suffering?” todd