Statement on the Death of Frank Pastore by Prison Fellowship Ministries CEO Jim Liske
"Frank Pastore was a man who desired to be part of God's plan to fix the brokenness of this world with the power of Jesus and the Gospel."
LANDSDOWNE, Va., Dec. 18, 2012—Our hearts are very, very heavy as we absorb the news of Frank’s death. We are, and will be, interceding on behalf of his family as they grieve the loss of their husband, dad, brother and son.
When I began at Prison Fellowship Ministries, Frank was one of the first people that Chuck Colson wanted me to meet. Chuck had the highest regard for Frank and Frank's ministry on the radio and in person. Chuck called Frank a partner and counted him as a friend in making the "invisible Kingdom of God visible" across our country and around the world.I had the privilege of being with Frank as he hosted a dinner at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library to benefit The Urban Ministry Institute, a Christian leadership program in California’s prisons that prepares offenders to leave prison as spiritual leaders in their homes and inner-city neighborhoods. Frank and I laughed at stories about his former experiences as a professional baseball player and spoke intensely about the need for the Church of Jesus Christ to experience revival and vitality. Frank's leadership on that night was a small example of how he diligently served the least and the lost.
Every year, Frank enthusiastically promoted the care and concern for children with incarcerated parents as he was a vital partner with Prison Fellowship's Angel Tree. Whenever we needed a "voice" for justice and truth in California so that Justice Fellowship could advocate for safer communities and restorative justice, Frank was willing. When the Colson Center needed to release initiatives like the "Doing the Right Thing" curriculum to bring ethical behavior back to the norm, Frank wanted to be out front and leading. Frank Pastore was a man who desired to be part of God's plan to fix the brokenness of this world with the power of Jesus and the Gospel.
Join us as we pray for Frank's family. In his memory and in honor of his family, may we all continue in the steps Frank has led us in, as bold yet gentle proclaimers of the good news of Jesus Christ.