David Wilkerson – Founder | World Challenge

David Wilkerson – Founder

David Wilkerson


David Wilkerson was called to New York City in 1958 to minister to gang members and drug addicts, as told in the best-selling book The Cross and the Switchblade. He went on to create Teen Challenge and World Challenge, Inc. to minister to people’s spiritual and physical needs.

In 1987, he established Times Square Church. As its founding pastor, he faithfully led this congregation, delivering powerful biblical messages that encourage righteous living and complete reliance on God.

David Wilkerson also had a strong burden to encourage his fellow pastors. He founded the Summit International School of Ministry; and from 1999 to 2008, he held international conferences to strengthen church leaders.

His passion to support believers, build up leaders and care for the poor is still at the heart of World Challenge’s ministries to this day.



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The Vision Audio Podcast

“Deep in my heart I am convinced that this vision is from God, that it is true, and that it will come to pass,” David Wilkerson wrote in 1973.

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Die heilbringenden Gerichte Gottes

In Jeremia 32 zeichnet der Prophet ein düsteres Bild. Jerusalem wurde von Nebukadnezar und dem Heer der Chaldäer belagert.

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The Prophecies and Promised Protection from David Wilkerson

Many people are looking to the Lord for a serious and sober word in these difficult times.

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Are Your Plans in Vain?

“This gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14).

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The Redemptive Judgments of God

In Jeremiah 32, the prophet describes a dire scene. Jerusalem was surrounded by Nebuchadnezzar and the Chaldean army.

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The Healing of the Home

Although it may seem impossible to come back from certain marital hurts, God can heal what is broken but it will require intentional work.

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Archive Content


An archive of hundreds of David Wilkerson audio and video sermons from years of preaching around the world.


The monthly World Challenge newsletter written by David Wilkerson that has been sent to millions of mailboxes for over 40 years.


Daily devotions curated from the messages of David Wilkerson.

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