Reinhard Bonnke: Evangelist Who Drew Millions To Christ Passes Away At 79

Christian evangelist and founder of Christ Of All Nations (CFAN), Reinhard Bonnke, passed away at the age of 79 marking the end of a spectacular career which spanned from 1967 to 2017.


Bonnke’s family put out a statement, “It is with sorrow that the Bonnke Family would like to announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on December 7, 2019.”

Bonnke with his wife Anni

Originally from Germany, Bonnke preached to millions of people in Africa throughout his 60-year ministry and in October 2017, a farewell crusade was conducted by Bonnke to 1.7 million people in Nigeria.


Bonnke handed over the ministry of CFAN to evangelist Daniel Kolenda due to his health challenges. “I don’t want it to fall, I want it to go just seamlessly continue and rise. The world is so big and God gave me Daniel Kolenda and I am very very happy,” Bonkke said.

It is with great sadness that I and the entire Christ for All Nations family announces the death of our founder, friend…

Posted by Evangelist Daniel Kolenda on Saturday, December 7, 2019

Reinard Bonnke will be best remembered for his massive crusades in countries in Africa like Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya and so forth, where he influenced 79 million people to give their lives to Jesus Christ and receive Him as their personal savior.

Bonnke’s death marked the end of a glorious era as he was affectionately known as the “Billy Graham of Africa.” The announcement of his death sparked many leading Christian leaders to pay tribute to him and his ministry.

Evangelist Franklin Graham said, “Reinhard Bonnke was a powerful evangelist throughout the world, but particularly on the continent of Africa where his heart burned with compassion for people’s souls. Through the preaching of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, millions of lives will be in Heaven and we give praise and glory to God that His Word never returns void. Our thoughts and prayers are with Reinhard’s wife Anni and the entire family.”

Bonnke leaves behind his wife Anni, children Kai-Uwe, Gabrielle, and Susie, and eight grandchildren. Rheinard Bonnke always preached salvation in his messages along with healing and miracles.

Many souls could be saved and are in heaven due to his passionate preaching, we give glory to God for Bonnke’s life and he truly lived according to what Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 4:7, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

Watch: Reinhard Bonnke’s interview on CBN’s The 700 Club