This ePistle article from Evangelicals for Social Action was in my email this morning:

Reverend David Wilkerson, 1931-2011 
by Al Tizon

The Reverend David Wilkerson—founder of the Times Square Church in New York City and a highly successful drug rehabilitation program called Teen Challenge—died in a car accident in Texas on April 27, 2011. He was 79. Wilkerson was also the author of the classic The Cross and the Switchblade, arguably the seed of what we call urban ministry in America today. It chronicled his ministry among youth gangs in Brooklyn. One gang member in the book, Nicky Cruz, came to faith under Wilkerson’s ministry and followed in his mentor’s footsteps, forging an evangelistic ministry of his own among the “down and out”. A public memorial service at Times Square Church will be held on Saturday, May 14.