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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?”




  • Michael Elkins January 1, 2016 Reply

    https://vimeo.com/108913527 A friend of mines family went to his church when she was growing up. Her dad needed a liver transplant terribly. During a service the pager went off informing the family there was a liver ready and he had to get to the hospital quickly to get surgery. Ed knew what was going on, stopped the service, and prayed for the family. She posted this video and I thought it was good.

  • Todd Rhoades January 1, 2016 Reply

    Wow… what a powerful video. Thanks, Michael!

    Love the point he made about “In everything give thanks” rather than “for everything give thanks”. That’s good stuff.

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