C. Cunningham, 85, former editor of the Pentecostal Evangel,
died in Springfield, Mo., on January 7, 2000.
Cunningham, a graduate
of Central Bible College and Assemblies of God Theological Seminary,
both in Springfield, joined Gospel Publishing House in 1937. He
held various editorial positions, wrote Sunday school curriculum
and was editor of the Fellowships youth magazine, Christs
Ambassadors Herald, before becoming editor of the Pentecostal
Evangel in 1950.
"He has been a
guiding light to the editorial policy of this Fellowship,"
says Thomas E. Trask, general superintendent of the Assemblies
of God, recalling former general superintendent Thomas F. Zimmermans
appraisal of Cunningham: "His works will follow him until
Jesus Christ returns."
During his 35-year
tenure at the Evangel, the publication reached a circulation
of 300,000. He guided the magazine through many changes
from 16 pages weekly to 32; from black and white to color
before retiring in 1984.
many years God used him to touch millions of lives around the
world," says Hal Donaldson, editor of the Evangel.
"God spoke through his pen and life."
Cunningham was born
in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, on December 23, 1914. He moved
to Springfield in 1935 to prepare for ministry and stayed. Besides
his editorial duties he also pastored the Assemblies of God church
in Ozark, Mo., for several years.
After retiring, Cunningham
traveled overseas, assisting missionaries in developing gospel
literature. In 1994, the National Association of Evangelicals
honored him with its James DeForest Murch Award for "distinguished
service as a Christian journalist."
"His trust in
God was so strong because it was anchored in the rock Jesus Christ,"
says Juleen Turnage, director of Public Relations for the Assemblies
of God, who was Evangel news editor for several years when
Cunningham was editor. "His commitment to the Lord and his
desire to follow Him was the guiding force in his life."
Cunningham was preceded
in death by his wife, Marian, his partner for over 51 years. He
is survived by his wife, Frances; sons, Stephen, Philip and Andrew;
and daughter, Beth.