50th Anniversary

World Challenge

A 50th anniversary is often called the golden anniversary. It’s a befitting milestone for World Challenge which was founded on a life-long passion to reach the lost and help the suffering. 

In these 50 years, David Wilkerson and Gary Wilkerson have gone to hundreds of conferences and evangelistic rallies, sent out over 700 newsletters and touched millions of lives. Everything that World Challenge has done over the decades has been in response to Christ’s call to preach the gospel and demonstrate God’s love to those in need. 

Gary Wilkerson and some of our most faithful fellow-workers in ministry have shared their experiences working for the kingdom, and we want to encourage you with their stories.

If God has touched your life through World Challenge, share it with us. We believe there is great power in recounting our Father’s mighty deeds, mercy and goodness.

Join us in celebrating all that God has done!

Latest Videos

Gary Wilkerson answers the questions: What exactly does hearing from God and sensing him change in us? If we desire this, how do we grow closer to God?

In this video, Evan Wilkerson talks about what it take to teach the younger generation who God is.

In this video, Gary Wilkerson and Barry Meguiar talk about what it was like to witness David Wilkerson as he came to better understand the message of God’s grace.

In this video, Gary Wilkerson explains how our work to spread the message and mission of Jesus Christ is born out of a belief that God created people to glorify himself in every aspect of life.

In this video, Global Director of Poverty Solutions Andreas Steffensen unpacks how evangelism and helping others’ practical needs go hand-in-hand.

Gary Wilkerson, Andreas Steffensen and Keith Holloway look back on what World Challenge has done over the years to care for the poor.

Dallas Holm recalls the times when having a sense of humor helped to relieve any tension and keep the ministry on track.

When David Wilkerson walked through the heart of New York City years ago, he was devastated by the hopelessness he saw all around.

While he served as the pastor of Times Square Church, David Wilkerson saw what a healthy church could do for a city. That was the inspiration for his first Pastors and Leaders Conference.

Global Director of Mercy Ministries, Mark Buzzetta, talks about how World Challenge is reaching these people who have been forgotten by their families, neighbors and governments.

Nicky laughs as he reminisces about his first experience with a manifestation of the Spirit and the questions he asked David Wilkerson.

David Wilkerson paid for over a thousand pastors from 13 different Arabic countries to be able to attend a conference in Amman, Jordan.

Mark Buzzetta tells the story of a woman who lost everything that she owned. Thanks to your support, World Challenge has helped her to build a new life.

Dallas Holm shares his memories of when David was first writing this book and its reception, both positive and negative, with many believers at the time.

In an overwhelming consumer environment, the American church has languished. People are rarely dedicated to their Christian community; rather, they want to be catered to and entertained.

Dallas Holm, Gary Wilkerson and Kelly Wilkerson look back at the impact that David Wilkerson’s youth rallies had on people and communities across the country.

Gary and Kelly Wilkerson visited Romania only three months after the fall of the country’s dictator. There, they were introduced to a desperate problem.

Gary Wilkerson discusses his father's written legacy as well as his process of preparing to write a book and the differences between his works.

Maureen Holloway tells about her experience at Times Square Church right before the Twin Towers fell and how God used David Wilkerson in preparing the church to help the stunned city.

Dallas Holm, who worked alongside David Wilkerson in his outreaches, unpacks how the Jesus Movement intersected with Wilkerson's evangelical efforts during the 60s and 70s.

Kelly Wilkerson shares the story of one of thousands transformed through evangelistic outreaches that she and Gary have worked in throughout the years.

Although The Cross & the Switchblade impacted the lives of millions, Gary Wilkerson notes that his father rarely talked about those days on the streets of New York City.

Keith and Maureen Holloway tell the story of how community health evangelism transformed a village in Uganda through the lives of two very special women.

Gary Wilkerson — pastor, author and son of David Wilkerson — shares how his father passed the mantle of World Challenge’s leadership over to him.

Dallas Holm, former worship leader for David Wilkerson outreach, shares the impact Wilkerson had on his life.

David Wilkerson was a pastor, an evangelist, a leader. But ultimately, he was someone who was impressed with no one else but God and dedicated his life to seeking him.