Dr Myles Munroe, pastor and motivational speaker, 60, had organized the Global Leadership Forum for November. 10-13 in the Bahamas. The event is continuing – although under a cloud of sadness after the jet carrying Munroe and eight others crashed on approach near Grand Bahama International Airport Sunday, killing all on board. Munroe’s wife Ruth, who served as co-senior pastor of Bahamas Faith Ministries International Fellowship, also was among the victims. The two had been married for three decades.
Munroe’s death was especially upsetting in his native Bahamas, and Prime Minister Perry G. Christie called the loss “utterly impossible to measure.”
“He was indisputably one of the most globally recognizable religious figures our nation has ever produced. His fame as an ambassador for the Christian ministry preceded him wherever in the world he traveled, whether in the Caribbean, North America, Asia, or Europe. He was a towering force who earned the respect and admiration not only of Christian adherents but of secular leaders both here at home and around the world,” Christie said in a statement.
Munroe grew up in Bain Town, a suburb of Nassau, one of 11 children. He became a Christian during his teenage years and later attended Oral Roberts University, an Oklahoma-based Christian university, graduating in 1978 with degrees in fine arts, education and theology. He obtained a Master’s degree in administration from the University of Tulsa in 1980. He also served as an adjunct professor at Oral Roberts.
Oral Roberts President William M. Wilson released a statement following Munroe’s death: “His energy and enthusiasm for imparting Spirit Empowered Christianity to new generations was contagious,” Wilson said in the statement. “Whether in a leadership gathering with those in highest authority or in Bahamas as a caring shepherd in a community of believers, Myles was always the same — upbeat, positive, loving, full of faith and searching for any way possible to make Jesus known in our generation. His loss will be felt around the world as well as in our hearts here at ORU.”During his professional career, Munroe traveled to more than 100 countries and wrote dozens of books. His speeches addressed personal leadership, family structure, spiritual balance and principles.