Fagan: Mighty Man of Valor
by Dr. James Spinnati
This editorial is one the easiest and hardest things
I have ever done. It is easy knowing that Dave has fought
the good fight of faith and hard because I have lost
a friend, a confidant and a brother. Some will probably
question my selection of the picture that graces the
front cover, but that picture exemplifies who Dave really
was. He wasn't a fancy elitist or a social climber.
Instead he was a simple man, a no frills addition that
only comes around once in a lifetime. Dave would rather
plant soybeans and corn than try to be the grand pupa
of the brotherhood. Yet he would rather disciple a person
in Christ than plant beans and corn. Everywhere he went
he touched people lives. In fact if you spelled character
"Dave Fagan," you would hit it the "nail on the head."
He was a man of his word. You could trust what he said
and when he said something you knew he held that conviction
100%. In our 17 years together we had one disagreement
and that was settled quickly. I imagine that I aggravated
him at times, but he never let on if I did. We walked,
talked, and dreamed together as to what God had in store
for T.N.T. Ministries and Sonshine School of Evangelism.
Dave dreamed big dreams and God never disappointed him.
In fact God always seemed to surpass Dave's greatest
expectations. At our graduation ceremonies in May Dave
said, "As I look over this campus, it is as I dreamed
it could be."
brotherhood may never grasp what it means to lose a
Dave Fagan. He was a giant among a sea of spiritual
midgets. He wrote 14 books that will be touching people
around the world for years to come. He won more people
to the Lord than I can count. Besides these things,
he taught those he won to Christ to think for themselves
and search the Scriptures daily. As his life ended his
legacy didn't. Those he taught will teach others and
in turn they will teach others to teach others. Dave
made a difference in whatever he did. People do not
know the sacrifice that he and Teresa made. Every Tuesday
she would say goodbye to him as he drove 200 miles to
Portsmouth Ohio to teach the Sonshine boys the truth
of the Gospel. That is a hard 4 or 5 hours of driving
and he did it to teach from 1 to 4 students and he did
it for 7 years!!! In all that time I never heard him
complain. To top it off in those 7 years he never received
a dollar. That is what separated Dave from others. To
Dave it wasn't about money it was about being a servant.
fact is that I could write twenty more pages and never
do him justice. So Dave, here's looking at you! May
I remain faithful and fulfill your final words to me,
"Jim, keep the ministry headed in the Lord's direction
this is our legacy to our God, you can do it."