By Dan Wooding, Founder of ASSIST News Service
IRVINE, CA (ANS – June 18, 2016) — “Doc” F. Kenton Beshore, Founder and President of World Bible Society, passed away at the age of 90 on Tuesday, June 7, 2016.
A message on his website — http://www.worldbiblesociety.org – announced his death, saying, “‘Doc’” will be missed by thousands who have attended his weekly Bible class, heard him daily on the Radio around the world, also listened and watched him in his studies of prophecy on DVD’s and CD’s.
“He also has authored many books including the recent releases on Revelation – God’s Greatest Triumph and the Prophecy Bible.”
The announcement went on to say, “‘Doc’” and Lois, his dear wife, were planning their 70th wedding anniversary. “Doc” has led World Bible Society for over 50 years.
“The ministry of World Bible Society will continue under the leadership that has worked with “Doc” for many years.”
A celebration Memorial service is being held at Mariners Church in Irvine California on Sunday, June 19, 2016 at 11:30 a.m.
The website revealed that “Doc,” as he was affectionately known, was “saved at the age of five and was called to preach at the age of eight.” “Doc” listened to and read the books of several great dispensational teachers — Donald Grey Barnhouse, William Pettingill and Harry Ironside — while he was growing up.
He was licensed to preach at the age of seventeen and preached his first sermon on the subject of THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST. In this sermon he spoke of the promise, the plan, the purpose, the power and the person of his coming. Throughout all of his life, beginning at a very early age, he studied prophecy and frequently sees something new in the scripture that he never saw before.
He pastored his first church at the age of eighteen and at the age of nineteen was ordained into the Christian ministry at Bellview Baptist Church by his pastor, Dr. Robert G. Lee. Most of his young life and much of his preaching, teaching and writing has been on Bible Prophecy. He taught through the entire Bible, verse by verse, before the age of forty. He studied under Dr. David L. Cooper for ten years at the Biblical Research Society and then became its President when Dr. Cooper went home to be with the Lord. He was also editor of the Biblical Research Monthly.
“Doc” began a daily radio ministry in 1954 and has seen the BIBLE INSTITUTE OF THE AIR program grow until today it is heard daily into most of the world. He has produced over 14,900 radio broadcasts, taught his six-hour prophecy seminar in almost every state of the union and he was a professor at both Faith Seminary and the Louisiana Baptist Seminary. His degrees include: D.D; Litt.D; D.SAC.TH.; PHD; and TH.D.
“Under his leadership, World Bible Society has printed and distributed Bibles into 65 countries, including over 10 million in Russia since 1989 using the former Communist Party propaganda presses,” said the website. “He is author of The Millennium, The Apocalypse and Armageddon, When: When will the Rapture Take Place, and has written dozens of booklets that have been translated into 40 languages. He also has numerous bible book studies available on CD’s and DVD’s, as well as airing numerous broadcasts on Christian radio and television.”
Dr. Beshore has been married to his wife Lois for 62 years. They have three children [Kenette, Kenton, Kandis]. Kenton is pastor of Mariners Church in Irvine, California — one of the largest churches in America.
Up until his death, he had been teaching a large class at Mariners Church each Sunday morning. Both of their sons-in-law are active in ministry. Kenette’s husband, Gene Mollway is a pastor and Kandis’ husband, David serves as Vice President of World Bible Society — in a volunteer position and two grandsons are youth pastors “DOC” and Lois have ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Glen Megill, president of ROCK of Africa, and a close friend of “Doc,” wrote on his Facebook page, “This week we lost a giant of a man. Everyone has people in their lives whose impact cannot be denied. To me, Doc Beshore was such a man.
“Doc Beshore influenced MANY others. His daily radio broadcast was heard around the world for decades. He leaves a legacy in his many books on Bible Prophecy. His guidance in the birth of ROCK of Africa Mission cannot be understated.
“I met him 30 years ago and had the honor to work beside him for the past 21 years. He was a man with enormous intellect and wisdom. He was also a unique character you would not forget.”
Megill added: “Our paths crossed during an important season of my life. For this I am most grateful. ‘Doc’ Beshore was a mentor, counselor, and wonderful friend. ‘Til then, Doc…’ til then.”
Photo captions: 1) “Doc” F. Kenton Beshore. 2) “Doc” Beshore with his wife, Lois. 3) Glen Megill on a radio show with “Doc” Beshore. 4) Norma and Dan Wooding in Hollywood in a reporting assignment. (Bryan Seltzer).
About the writer: Dan Wooding, 75, is an award-winning winning author, broadcaster and journalist born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, Alfred and Anne Wooding. He is now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for nearly 53 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren, who all live in the UK. Dan is the founder and international director of the ASSIST News Service (ANS), and the author or co-author of some 45 books, the latest of which is a novel called Mary: My Story from Bethlehem to Calvary (http://marythebook.com). Dan has a weekly radio show and two TV programs all based in Southern California. Before moving to the US, Dan was a senior reporter with two of the UK’s largest circulation newspapers and was also an interviewer for BBC Radio One in London.
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