In Memoriam: The Rev. David Virkler

David VirklerThe Rev. David M. Virkler went to be with the Lord on January 23, 2012, following a brief illness. As the host and speaker on the radio program The Word and The World, Rev. Virkler worked in broadcasting for more than 47 years and his legacy remains in many ways. Not only is The Word and The World heard on 63 outlets reaching 14 states and Ontario, Canada, but Rev. Virkler also taught classes in radio broadcasting, led 10 trips to Bible Lands (Israel, Jordan, Egypt and Greece), and authored two books and many magazine articles.

Rev. Virkler’s walk with the Lord began at the age of 14. Following high school he felt called to full-time ministry, and after graduating from Bible school, he began to pastor Bethel Baptist Church in Montclair, NJ. He was ordained in 1957. In 1961, Rev. Virkler began Dedication Evangelism, a ministry that he served for 50 years as he preached the Gospel in churches and camps, and at conferences and at retreats in 24 states, Canada, the Caribbean, the Bahamas, Chile, and Honduras.

NRB’s affiliation with Rev. Virkler was extensive. He served on the board of the Eastern Chapter of the National Religious Broadcasters (ENRB) for more than 30 years, and that chapter awarded him the Percy Award for faithfulness in broadcasting. Rev. Virkler also began his tenure on the NRB Board of Directors in the class of 1996. Other organizations accorded honors to him; Northeastern Bible College recognized Rev. Virkler as the Alumnus of the Year, and the New Jersey State Chapter of Concerned Women for America (CWA) gave him their Return to Righteousness Award.

Rev. Virkler is survived by Thelma, his wife of 56 years, four children and five grandchildren. His children have reminded NRB that Rev. Virkler chose Acts 13:36 as a goal for his life. It says:

"For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep and was laid unto his fathers…."

Let us give thanks for the life of a beloved friend, who did, indeed, serve his own generation, and whose life will continue to impact generations to come.