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Tony Evans: My Father Built a Strong Foundation for Us

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Tony Evans, pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, Texas, shared some sad news recently on his Instagram account. On Monday, November 25, 2019, Evans said his father, Arthur S. Evans, Sr., went to be with the Lord. The senior Evans was 90 years old and, according to the family he left behind, was a pillar of faith. 

“The reason I am what I am today is because of the foundation my father laid for me to stand on,” Evans wrote in a post honoring his late father. 

Tony Evans’ Family Looked to Arthur for Leadership

The lengthy tribute (lengthy by social media standards, at least) spoke of Arthur’s example of love, faith, and leadership that left a lasting impression on Evans in addition to providing a solid foundation for his ministry. Evans wrote:

Early this morning, my father, Arthur S. Evans Sr., entered into the presence of His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We celebrate this day because we know that my father is overjoyed to finally see the face of the One he served with his whole heart since the day He met Jesus and surrendered His life to him.

My father was my foundation. He served as the rock of our family, leading us all to a saving faith in Jesus Christ. I saw him love the Lord, love his family, and love the body of Christ with his life. Besides hearing well-done from his Savior, my father took pleasure in his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren as his earthly accolades.

Faith and family. This is my father’s legacy.

And legacy was everything to him.

The reason I am what I am today is because of the foundation my father laid for me to stand on.

I know what it is to lead my family because I watched him.

I know what it is to lead my church family because I watched him.

And I know what it is to preach to people all over the world because I stood next to him on street corners decades ago, watching my father preach to anyone who would listen.

However you have been blessed by my ministry or the ministry of my family, you need to know that today the man who led me to lead my family left his earthly home to live in the presence of God forever.

In his departure, he was appropriately still wearing his Kingdom Man shirt. Whatever I am, and however I lead others, my knowledge of what it means to be a Kingdom Man, started with my father.

And for his legacy of faith and family, I’m forever grateful.

Thank you for your concern and prayers for our family during this time. We know God is still on the throne and our faith in Him, His Word and His love for us is still unwavered.

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