Obituaries : Pastor Lon Allison of Wheaton Bible Church Has Died, See Cause of Death

Obituaries : Pastor Lon Allison of Wheaton Bible Church Has Died, See Cause of Death.

Friends and families are paying tributes on social media to Beloved Pastor Lon Allison of Wheaton Bible Church , West Chicago, Illinois who recently passed away.

Lon Allison was the longtime director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, teaching pastor at Wheaton Bible Church, and Chair of the Leighton Ford Ministries board.

We learned of his passing through the following tribute posted on social media.

Dear Church Family,

It is with heavy hearts that we tell you that the Lord has brought Pastor Lon Allison home to Himself after a 2-year struggle with cancer. Lon has been with Wheaton Bible Church since 2013 as the Pastor of Evangelism and Development and has been a fixture of the Lord’s joy, wisdom, and confidence in our church family.

Prior to coming to Wheaton Bible, Lon served as the Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College for 15 years. His work on Earth—from every book written, sermon preached, and prayer shared—has all been in pursuit of the glory of God and bringing His love to all he encounters.

We are grieved to have lost Lon’s gentle spirit, powerful conviction, and excellent singing voice here on Earth, but are celebrating the impact his life had on all of us and the great joy he’s experiencing as he finally sees his beloved Savior face-to-face. We anticipate the day that we will be reunited with him in glory!

Funeral details will soon be available at wheatonbible.org.

With love,

Pastor Rob and the entire Wheaton Bible Church Family

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Cause of Death.

After a nearly 2-year battle with cancer, Lon went to be with Jesus today.

After being diagnosed with liver cancer, Lon, a trained actor who loved to use his full self to express his love of God and our world, sang this remarkable rendition of Chris Rice’s “Untitled Hymn.” The words must never be lost on us.

Tributes.

The following are some tributes posted on social media to honor the life and the legacy of the deceased.

A dear friend and beloved pastor and speaker at Mission Springs went to be with the Lord today, Lon Allison. Let’s pray for his family and remember his well lived life. This note is from his lovely wife Marie… Lon’s home going– October 20, 2019
Journal entry by Marie Allison

Dear Friends,
You have been caring travel companions on this journey. Your prayers, notes and words of encouragement have meant so much. You have been so very kind. Lon’s struggle with cancer ended this morning at 9:30 am. (It appears he wanted to get to heaven in time for the great Sunday Worship Service!)
He is now in heaven enjoying the perfect presence of the Lord, the people who went before him and the activities that he was not able to do the last couple of years.
Every night on our journey we would name our blessings and put them in the ‘blessing bucket.’ Even in his passing there were visible blessings. Please know your love has been among the greatest.
Funeral details will be forthcoming.
Blessings on each of you.
Love, Marie

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A dear friend and colleague died yesterday. And yet he’s not dead . . . he’s never been more alive!

Lon Allison was the longtime director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, teaching pastor at Wheaton Bible Church, and Chair of the Leighton Ford Ministries board.

But more than impressive titles, Lon lived for Jesus, and he lived to tell people about Jesus and encourage their faith through discipleship. As Ed Stetzer wrote in Christianity Today, “his life made all those who knew him want to live differently. That’s what heroes do.”

I met Lon thirty years ago through my son, Kevin. We immediately became good friends, and Lon became a charter member of my personal mentoring group for young ministry leaders.

As my son Kevin Graham Ford pointed out, Lon always had a song. Whatever the topic, Lon had a song about that topic! And so in 2018, after being diagnosed with liver cancer, Lon addressed the The Evangelical Covenant Church with Chris Rice’s “Untitled Hymn” (watch here: https://x.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10155002036961945&id=25394156944).

To paraphrase Chris Rice, yesterday my friend Lon kissed the world goodbye, went in peace, and now laughs on Glory’s side. He flew to Jesus, and he lived his life to encourage each one of us to:

-Come to Jesus
-Sing to Jesus
-Fall on Jesus
-Cry to Jesus
-Dance with Jesus
-Fly to Jesus

…… and live.

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