Top evangelical leaders attend memorial service for Campus Crusade's Bill Bright

Posted: Friday, August 08, 2003

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Prominent evangelical leaders were among more than 3,000 people at a memorial service for Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, who died July 19.

Among them were prison evangelist Charles Colson; James Dobson, the ''Focus on the Family'' radio broadcaster; Franklin Graham of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the Rev. Pat Robertson of the Christian Broadcasting Network.

''The ministry that Bill founded, led, inspired is probably the most significant of any that has come into being in the 20th century,'' Robertson said.

Bright and wife Vonette started Campus Crusade in 1951. The ministry, initially geared toward young people on college campuses, now has varied programs in 191 countries and 26,000 employees.

Bright helped finance a feature-length documentary on Jesus and organized several Christian-oriented stadium gatherings, including one in Dallas in 1972 that was dubbed the ''religious Woodstock.''

Former U.S. Sen. William Armstrong said, ''Bill Bright was called by the Almighty to teach others to teach others to teach others about Christ.... It's spiritual multiplication.''

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