In Memoriam: Dr. David McCarrell, President Emeritus of Pacific Garden Mission

Dr. David McCarrellDr. David D. McCarrell, President Emeritus of Pacific Garden Mission (PGM), went to be with the Lord on Monday, October 21, at the age of 82.

Dr. McCarrell, who had served on the PGM board for 18 years – nine of them as chairman – before taking the helm of PGM, assumed the leadership position at PGM on an interim basis in early 1997. Later that year, he was named President.

Under Dr. McCarrell’s leadership, PGM’s radio ministry expanded to more than 3,000 stations. Its UNSHACKLED! program, which was broadcast in English, Arabic, and Spanish, added the following languages: Romanian, Russian, Polish, Korean, Japanese, Albanian, Farsi, Portuguese, Greek, Macedonian, and Turkish. Additionally, a two-minute radio testimony feature called Free Indeed debuted in 2000 and went on to broadcast on more than 325 stations.

In 2001, Dr. McCarrell instituted the "Bread of Life" ministry, which distributes donated bakery goods and household goods, along with the Gospel, to the people in the inner city projects. He also oversaw the potential takeover of PGM's landmark property by the City of Chicago and negotiated the rezoning of the new location just 1.3 miles away at 1458 S. Canal Street in Chicago, where a 158,000 square foot green building was constructed in 2007.  In addition, under Dr. McCarrell’s direction, PGM added a career development program and many training and social provisions for the increased population of homeless men, women, and women with children. Daily, he sought to live in accordance with his life’s verse, Proverbs 3:5-6.

Dr. McCarrell is survived by his wife, Judith McCarrell, four adult children, and 13 grandchildren.

A funeral service was held this past Saturday in Wheaton, IL.

Memorial gifts may be directed to Pacific Garden Mission, 1458 South Canal St., Chicago, IL 60607.


Published: October 31, 2013