BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BNc) — Jerry Jenkins, preacher with the Roebuck Parkway congregation for 44 years, died around 10:45 p.m., Monday, after a massive stroke and massive organ failure, according to his son Jeff.

He had been in the University of Alabama hospital in Birmingham.

The church’s Facebook page noted:

Brother Jerry Jenkins has gone to see the reward he worked so hard for. While we grieve, we do not grieve as those who have no hope! (1st Thes. 4:13) He will be missed beyond what words can put to paper. The family and the Church at Roebuck Parkway covet your prayers.

There will be a period of prayer, scripture, and fellowship at the Roebuck Parkway building Oct. 26 at 7:00 p.m., as a time for the church to share in the memory of brother Jenkins’s life and in the sadness of his passing.

Visitation will be Wed., 5:00-9:00 p.m., and Thurs., from 1:00-2:00 p.m., with the funeral Thurs., at 2:00 p.m., both at the Roebuck Parkway building.

Jenkins had the gift of evangelism. His son Jeff, preacher with the Lewisville, Tex., church, wrote on his weblog:

My Dad’s night nurse this time was Lisa.  She came into the room during the night and said, “This is a good man!”  Mona said, “Why do you say that?” The nurse went on to say that she had watched Dad on TV for years.  She went on to tell about how several years ago he had helped her through a very difficult time in her life.  … numerous people have come to the hospital and told us that Dad taught them the Gospel.  Dad has been a machine when it comes to soul-winning. I fully realize he is not the only man in the church who is or has been a soul winner, but he has done more in the realm of teaching others about Jesus than anyone I have ever known. THIS IS A GOOD MAN!

Jenkins’s son Dale, preacher with the Spring Meadows church in Spring Hill, Tenn., wrote on his weblog:

I want them to know this tender giant who casts a shadow as big as his state.  Dad has done a weekly TV program for 44 years.  In 44 years he has NEVER repeated a show. IIn Lieu of Flowers, The family has asked that donations be made to Jefferson Christian Academy, Freed Hardeman University, Maywood Christian Camp or Rainbow Omegan fact, he has through October completed and “in the can”.  He moved to Birmingham in 1966 because he thought he could reach more people for Christ here.  He was offered the jobs at both Woodlawn and Homewood. He took the Woodlawn job because they agreed to do TV and he said “I can preach to more people in 30 minutes on TV than I can in a whole year in the pulpit.” That’s pretty much been his motive for everything he does.  He couldn’t, not, teach.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to Jefferson Christian Academy, Freed Hardeman University, Maywood Christian Camp or Rainbow Omega.

As we receive biographical and funeral information, the page will be updated.