Memorial Service - June 29, 1989
Dr. Walter R. Martin
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Transcript: Dr. John Ankerberg introducing Hank Hanegraaff during the Memorial Service for Dr. Walter Martin, June 29, 1989
Dr. John Ankerberg: “People all across this Country of ours, and around the world, after they hear about Walter’s ‘Home-going’, are saying, ‘What’s going to happen to CRI?’ ‘Who’s going to take over?’ ‘Who could ever, step into the shoes of Walter Martin?’ And tonight I’d like to introduce to you, the man that Walter believed that God had picked out, and that Walter wanted to succeed him.
I can remember coming and speaking at the banquet last October*, and I met Hank who was a Board member before that. And Walter had talked with Hank*, and Hank asked me to pray with him about that decision. And I said, ‘Just be frank with Walter, and tell him what you are thinking,’ and they did. They had great discussions. And tonight, we never thought that it would come this soon, but I know this is the way that Walter wanted it. And the Board has unanimously voted that Mr. Hank Hanegraaff would be the new President of CRI, and also the Chairman of the Board.
We’re not going to talk about the future of CRI tonight: The plans God has given this man, with Walter, and with the Board, plans for the future that I think you’ll be very excited about, to hear about. That’s going to come in the weeks ahead. But tonight, Hank is here to talk about what he remembers about Walter.
Hank… God bless you… Let’s give him a hand.” (applause)
* See NMCC Bible Class, October 2 and October 23, 1988. Dr. Martin mentions that he has asked Hank Hanegraaff to come to CRI as his Executive Vice-President.
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