Maranatha Megachurch Pastor Ray Bentley Dies of COVID-19 Complications

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Pastor Ray Bentley, founding and senior pastor of Maranatha Chapel in San Diego, California, died on Jan. 4. The church released this statement:

With grieving hearts, we need to let you know that our dear Pastor Ray went home to be with the Lord this afternoon due to complications of COVID. We are all in shock and heartbroken. We find comfort in knowing that he is rejoicing in heaven with his beloved Jesus. Certainly, he was welcomed with those beautiful words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Please pray for Vicki and their family and for our church. More information will follow, but for now we needed to let you know and ask for prayer.

May God bless us all.

Pastor Bentley founded Maranatha Chapel in August 1984 when he began teaching a small Bible study in a recreation center with 30 people. Now, Maranatha serves 7,000 people weekly through its various ministries. He reached thousands more on his daily radio show Maranatha Radio “as he takes the whole Gospel to the whole world.” Many of his messages and devotionals can be seen on his unded Maranatha Chapel in August 1984 when he began teaching a small Bible study in a recreation center with 3website.

Many considered Bentley an expert on biblical prophecy. He wrote The Holy Land Key: Unlocking End Times Prophecy Through the Lives of God’s People in Israel. He also just completed a trilogy called The Elijah Chronicles, along with Brock and Bodie Thoene. These geo-political thrillers centered around Jerusalem and brought end-times prophecy to life. He discussed that trilogy with CBN News last year in [an] interview.

Bentley also founded The Nehemiah Fund, “an outreach ministry of Ray Bentley Ministries that supports and endorses a group of non-profit organizations dedicated to helping and blessing Israel and her neighbors.” The ministry is based on the Scripture in Genesis 12:3: “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

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