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Tim Keller, Church Shooting, Ravi Zacharias, Mission Aviation Fellowship, and the Foundation for New Era Philanthropy

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ONE YEAR AGO: On May 19, 2023, MinistryWatch reported that Tim Keller, an influential Presbyterian Church in America minister who founded a network of evangelical Christian churches in New York City, had died at age 72. In October 2023, he was posthumously awarded the Civic Renewal Award by the Center for Christianity and Public Life. Read more here.

TWO YEARS AGO: On May 16, 2022, MinistryWatch reported that one person was killed and five people were injured on Sunday, May 15 in a shooting inside Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, California. Read more here.

FOUR YEARS AGO: On May 19, 2020, MinistryWatch reported that famed apologist Ravi Zacharias had died, following a short battle with an aggressive cancer. He was 74 years old. After his death, his legacy was tarnished by revelations of sexual scandal. The ministry he founded, which at one time was one of the largest apologetics organizations in the world, subsequently collapsed. Read more here.

FOUR YEARS AGO: On May 20, 2020, MinistryWatch reported the loss of Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) pilot Joyce Lin. She departed the Sentani, Papua, Indonesia airport early in the morning on May 12, piloting an MAF Kodiak aircraft. It crashed shortly after takeoff, killing Lin, who was the only person on board. She was delivering COVID-19 test kits to a clinic in the village of Mamit in the Papua highlands. Read more here.

28 YEARS AGO: In May of 1995, The Wall Street Journal published a series of stories that led to the downfall of the Foundation for New Era Philanthropy. New Era was a financial scandal that involved scores of some of the largest evangelical ministries in the country and was—at the time—thought to be the largest financial fraud in history. Read our account here.

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Kim Roberts

Kim Roberts is a freelance writer who holds a Juris Doctorate from Baylor University. She has home schooled her three children and is happily married to her husband of 25 years.