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Nationally known local ministry leader dies

R.W Schambach via Facebook. R.W Schambach via Facebook.

Donna Schambach says the death of her father is bittersweet.

"Well, yesterday a man who has been preaching the gospel for over 65 years went home to collect his reward," she told us.

R.W. Schambach embarked on spreading the "good news" to people from all over. In 2006, on his 80th birthday, he celebrated his 60th year in the ministry.

"Here I am celebrating 80 years. But, the greatest meeting I had was just last month when we traveled to Nigeria in Africa," Schambach said back in 2006.

Schambach was also famous for his tent ministries in inner cities. His daughter, Donna, says her father shared the gospel until the very end.  She also told us that it was an honor to be with him in his last moments on earth. And, his work...will live on.

"He was about impartation. And, his sermons over the last years were 'I want to raise up an army. It's not about one big preacher. It's about a group of people that believe,'" she said.

With the sadness, there is joy...a joy that Brother Schambach can finally rest.

A viewing for Schambach will be Friday night at Stewart Family Funeral Home. The interment will be Saturday at Cathedral of the Pines.

There will also be a memorial service on Feb. 3 at Rose Heights Church in Tyler.



A nationally known local ministry leader died Tuesday.

According to Schambach ministry's website, R.W. Schambach died Tuesday of heart failure at the age of 85.

He and his wife Winn served in international crusades, inner-city tent meetings for over 6 decades. His ministry's headquarters are in East Texas.

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