A man of vast, life-altering influence for decades for thousands of people has died but many who talk about influence today in the Time 100 list and social media don’t know his name — Rev. David Wilkerson.

He founded the Time Square Church, now a non-denominational megachurch of 8,000 members, back when this was a crossroads of iniquity, not a place where the Christian Cross was much discussed among X-rated establishments. And Wilkerson founded a faith-based program to wean addicts off drugs. Known as Teen Challenge, it now has branches worldwide.

As a writer and an evangelist, Wilkerson was “influential” long before Time Magazine annual list of the names with clout in culture, politics and entertainment.

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