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Dr. J.R. Church, was called to glory on March 22, 2011, at the age of 72. He was born Nov. 17, 1938, in Abilene, TX, to Henry & Marie Church. After his high school graduation, J.R. attended Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, TN. Having accepted the Lord's calling on his life at a young age, J.R. spent his entire life serving the Lord and others with all of his heart. J.R. married his lifelong companion, Linda Clarice Jordan, on Aug. 16, 1958, in Lubbock, TX. Together they invested their lives in ministering to others for over 50 years. He served as the Pastor of Western Hills Baptist Church in Lubbock, TX, for nearly 18 years and also founded Western Hills Baptist Academy before moving to OKC in 1979. While in OKC, J.R. and his family attended First Southern Baptist Church of Del City and started "Prophecy In The News" television ministry and diligently pursued its outreach until his health declined. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Katherine Sirpless, & brother Bobby Gene Church. He leaves behind his loving wife of 52 years, Linda Church of the home; son, Jerry R. Church, Jr.; daughter, Terri J. McInnis; twin brother, Terry Nolan Church of Moore, OK; five grandchildren, Brittany Erin Church, Molly Ann Jewel Church, Sarah Dawn Church, James Matthew McInnis, and Jordan Randolph Church. J.R. touched countless lives throughout his ministry. He was a loving husband, devoted father, adoring grandfather and faithful servant to the Lord & others. Although J.R.'s presence on earth will be deeply missed, we rejoice in knowing he has received his eternal glory in Heaven. Memorial donations may be made to prophecyinthenews.com. Viewing will be 4-8 PM today at Vondel Smith Mortuary at South Lakes. Services to celebrate his life will be 10 AM Friday, March 25, 2011, at the South Lakes Chapel. Friends can visit www.von delsmithmortuary.com to leave condolences for the family.


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Published in Oklahoman on Mar. 24, 2011.
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April 23, 2019
I was blessed to know Jerry when we were children in Lubbock, Texas. And followed him throughout his life/ministry. He was a true Man of God.
Barbara Grimes
Friend
March 18, 2019
The beginning of Jerry's Christian journey at Mrs. Click's Good News Club in Lubbock Texas.
The beginning of Dr. Jerry Church's Christian journey at Mrs. Click's Bible Class in Lubbock Texas...
Barbara Grimes
Friend
February 19, 2018
Love and miss this wonderful man
Dan Given
March 22, 2012
Oh my, a year has passed already.
Thanks for keeping the daily updates and videos. God Bless y6ou all.
Bill Giesbrecht.
Bill Giesbrecht
March 21, 2012
It has been a year since J.R. Church passed away, but I did not find out until today (3-21-2012). I went on "Prophecy In The News" website to find out what Mrs. Click's (the lady who led him to Christ) first name was and was surprised to see that he had passed.

I knew him when we were just children in Lubbock, Texas. He and Terry visited the Cumberland Presbyterian Church where I belonged (and Mrs. Click belonged). They would come to church and play music.

Please read "Reflections From My Life" on the website, by J.R., if you have not already. HE WAS TRULY ANNOINTED BY GOD. I feel blessed to have known him and Mrs. Click. My prayers are with his family today.
Barbara Grimes
December 22, 2011
"Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth's sake." Psalm 115:1
Kevin Hymer
October 31, 2011
We do miss you Dr. Church.
Joe Stockton
July 2, 2011
WE MISS SEEING HIM ON HIS TV BROADCAST AND WAS GLAD WE HAD THE CHANCE TO MEET HIM AT THE PROPHECY CONFRENCE IN FLORIDA.
GENE & BETTY BRYANT
May 1, 2011
I am so sorry for your loss, I just found out. May Jesus give you "the peace that passes all understanding" during this difficult time. He was and is an inspiration to all that are priviledged to learn from him. May God Bless You.
Cathy Wilkes
April 24, 2011
To the Church family,
J R Church will truly be miss. God love you, so do I.
Mable Drummond
April 23, 2011
My condolences to the hurch Family. Praise God we didn't loose J.R. we know exactly where he is. What a Grand thought to know that Brother J.R. is in the presence of our Heavenly Father and giving Praise to The Lord Jesus Christ. Before long we will join the throng of loved ones who have gone on before. Second Corinthians 5:8 God less.
Robert Smith
April 7, 2011
We talked about Sky King rings one day in Florida a few years back while attending a conference where he spoke.
J.R. is eleven months older than myself and He was my barometer for experiencing the rapture while he lived in this earthly life. Since his spirit now lives in a place called Glory, we will still fly away in that great event together with a sea of brothers and sisters, one way or the other.
Jimmie Simmons
March 30, 2011
I am a humble recipient of J.R.'s ministry via his television broadcast, monthly magazine, books and daily news update. His impact in my life has been incalculable. I understood a primary desire of J.R.'s was to experience the Rapture while still alive. May we who remain look forward to that opportunity to "meet him in the air" one day soon. I promise to honor his memory and "Keep Looking Up!" until that day! Sincerely, David J. Ciepluch (Southeastern Wisconsin)
March 30, 2011
I am saddened by the news that Dr Church had passed. I listen to him daily through his CDs and he was such a wonderful and interesting teacher of Gods Word. I am happy that he is no longer in any pain and is at last Home with Jesus. May God continue to bless his family and ministry. He will be so missed by all of us.

Zetta Sprole Ithaca, NY
Zetta Sprole
March 29, 2011
So sorry to hear the news that Dr. Church had passed. I pray that his family will find peace and comfort in knowing that he is now walking with Jesus and looking forward to hearing the trumpet sound when he can be with his beloved wife, children and grandchildren again. What a great teacher, writer, and child of God. He will be missed by all. To be absent in the body is to be present with the Lord.
What a sweet, loving man.
The Blewer Family :)
Mr. & Mrs. Blewer
March 26, 2011
Dr. CE Mcclain and I were gueats on his great shows seveal times when they were both on the earth. He was a great orator and preacher. The angels are shouting with joy that he is among them.l
Jim Martin
March 25, 2011
I want to send my Condolences to the Church Family and co-workers.
I have known of J R Church since he came to Winnipeg in the early 90's to speak at our local Prophecy Conference.
Have greatly enjoyed his monthly writings in Prophecy in the News magazine. Like many we would have loved to have him around another 50 years or more to instruct us in Prophecy if the Lord would tarry.
I'm praying for you and God bless all.
Bill Giesbrecht
Steinbach Manitoba Canada
Bill Giesbrecht
March 25, 2011
J.R.s ability to explain the Bible has helped me to understand Gods Word much better. thanks JR..
steve johnson
March 25, 2011
Bro. JR Church was such a Godly man - a great student and teacher of the Word. It was an honor and blessing to know him here, and we look forward to the day we see him again. Jack & Susie Dake
March 25, 2011
I really liked Bro. JR I watch his show a lot. can't wait to see him in Heaven. mike in tuttle
mike lay
March 24, 2011
JR Church was a visionary in the work of Jesus Christ and His prophecies, as the Word Made Flesh.
I encourage all to continue to support PITN with Gary Stearman and Company as they bring the Gospel of Jesus as revealed in prophetic scripture to the whole word.
Linda, we're mourning with you, yet celebrating the triumph of death through the blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The passing of JR gives all the more reason to "keep looking up."
-Reid Mullins
Reid Mullins
March 24, 2011
I have watched Prophecy In The News for years whether I was in SC, NE or WV. The Lord richly blessed him with the gift of prophecy and the ability of discernment. I will miss seeing him. May the Lord give Gary Stearman the ability to carry on this great work.
Susan Fisher
March 24, 2011
I've followed JR since 1998 and met him in 1999 at the Prophecy Conference in Tampa Bay. He was the nicest person and I've prayed for him ever since I learned he was ill. I know Heaven is a much better place with him there and we will see him again soon 'in the air'!
Robin MacAhan
March 24, 2011
A personal hero in the faith to me,I went to the Baptist church in Yukon,Oklahoma so long ago now in October,1979 to hear JR speak.It's such a shock to learn he is gone.Good Bye JR.
Kevin Shuman
March 24, 2011
JR Church is surely missed...what a great man. We have learned so very much because of JR and PIN. He taught us a deeper level of understanding GOD and his word...JR can't be replaced, but I am looking forward to seeing him again.
March 24, 2011
JR and Prophechy in the News has been a light for me and my husband in the last 5 years. Our life has had some dark days with medical and financial problems. He encouraged me to always keep looking up to Jesus. My prayers are for you and your family today and this week.
judy stephens
March 24, 2011
Our family is so sad to hear of J.R.'s passing. We will miss seeing him on this earth. How much happier, though, are we that he is in the prescence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! J.R. was an amazing man on this earth, and we are certain he has heard Jesus say to him "well done, my good and faithful servant." We love you all and pray God's comfort and strength for you all in the day's ahead.
Love,
The Coffmans~Doug, Llana, Skye, Abrielle, and Baylor
Llana Coffman
March 24, 2011
J.R. was light in my life and it will keep burning because of Prophecy in the News and his love of the scriptures. My deepest sympathy goes out to his wife and family. God Bless you and keep you.
carol sours
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