Christian Author and Pastor Stuart Briscoe Passes Away

Stuart Briscoe

Founder of Telling the Truth ministry, author of more than 30 books, and former pastor of Elmbrook Church, Stuart Briscoe has passed away. On the evening of August 3, 2022, Stuart, at the age of 91, died from "natural causes unexpectedly" according to his family.

"It is with deep sadness we inform you that Stuart Briscoe died of natural causes unexpectedly during the evening of Aug. 3rd. For many of you he was preacher, pastor, mentor or friend. To us, he was 'Stu,' 'Dad' and 'Poppa' and we already miss him achingly," Telling the Truth ministry said on social media.

In 1930, Stuart Briscoe was born in Millom, Cumbria, England into a Christian home. He began preaching at age 17 and he met his wife, Jill, at Capernwray Hall in England at a youth conference. They married in 1958. In 1959, Stuart left a career in banking, and Jill left her career in teaching, and, together, they entered full-time ministry.

In 1970, Stuart was invited to be the senior pastor of Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin, and Stuart and Jill, with their three young children, moved to the U.S. During Stuart's 30 years as senior pastor, the church grew from 300 regular attendees to 7,000, becoming the largest church in Wisconsin. 

In 2000, Stuart stepped down as senior pastor and transitioned to global ministry as Elmbrook's minister-at-large. He has preached in more than 100 countries and on every continent. He has authored over 50 books, including his life memoir, Flowing Streams.

Eight years ago, he wrote a letter, saying it was to be read by his colleagues "when I have departed this earthly scene and have gone to my eternal destiny!"

"Over the intervening years there have been many changes in society as a whole, many new ideas about ministry, many theories about how to "do" church, and even not a few ventures into developing new theologies. But Telling the Truth's original intent has not changed-we simply want to release the Word of God in the hearing of as many people as possible and to apply it to as many situations as we are enabled," he wrote.

"... With untold gratitude to the Lord for allowing us to do what has been done and utter confidence that this ministry will carry on doing things God's way as He continues to bring about surprise after surprise, I move on and look forward to you eventually catching up with me. And if we have time-in eternity!!-you can bring me up to date on what happened when I had left you to 'Keep calm and carry on.'"

Briscoe is survived by his wife, three children and 13 grandchildren.




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