Bright, William Rohl 1921-2003 (Bill Bright)

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BRIGHT, William Rohl 1921-2003 (Bill Bright)


Born October 19, 1921, near Coweta, OK; died of complications related to pulmonary fibrosis, July 19, 2003, in Orlando, FL; married Vonette Zachary, 1948; children: Zachary, Brad. Education: Northeastern State University, graduated with honors, 1944; attended Princeton Theological Seminary, 1946, and Fuller Theological Seminary, c. 1947.


Bright's California Confections, Los Angeles, CA, founder and owner, 1944-51; Campus Crusade for Christ, Orlando, FL, founder and president, 1951-2003. Coproducer of the feature film Jesus, released by Warner Bros. in 1979, and later dubbed in more than eight hundred languages for distribution abroad.


Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion, 1996; Lifetime Achievement Award, Northeastern State University, and Lifetime Inspiration Award, Religious Heritage of America Foundation, both 2000; Lifetime Achievement Award, National Association of Evangelicals, 2001; inducted into National Religious Broadcasters Hall of Fame, 2002.



Come Help Change the World, Fleming H. Revell (Old Tappan, NJ), 1970, revised edition, NewLife Publications (Orlando, FL), 1999.

A Movement of Miracles, Campus Crusade for Christ International (San Bernardino, CA), 1977.

Believing God for the Impossible, Campus Crusade (San Bernardino, CA), 1979.

The Holy Spirit: The Key to Supernatural Living, Here's Life Publishers (San Bernardino, CA), 1980.

Handbook for Christian Maturity, Campus Crusade (San Bernardino, CA), 1981.

Handbook of Concepts for Living: A Compilation of the Nine Transferable Concepts, Here's Life Publishers (San Bernardino, CA), 1981, abridged edition published as Transferable Concepts for Powerful Living, 1985.

Ten Steps toward Christian Maturity, ten volumes, Campus Crusade (San Bernardino, CA), 1986.

(With Ron Jenson) Kingdoms at War, Here's Life Publishers (San Bernardino, CA), 1986.

Witnessing without Fear, Here's Life Publishers (San Bernardino, CA), 1987.

As You Sow, Here's Life Publishers (San Bernardino, CA), 1989.

The Secret, Here's Life Publishers (San Bernardino, CA), 1989.

(With wife, Vonette Z. Bright) Managing Stress in Marriage, Here's Life Publishers (San Bernardino, CA), 1990.

(Editor) The Greatest Lesson I've Ever Learned, Here's Life Publishers (San Bernardino, CA), 1991.

A Man without Equal, NewLife Publications (Orlando, FL), 1992.

Life without Equal, NewLife2000 Publications (San Bernardino, CA), 1992.

How to Reach Your World for Christ: Leader's Guide; Through a New Life Group, NewLife Publications (Orlando, FL), 1993.

The Coming Revival: America's Call to Fast, Pray, and "Seek God's Face," NewLife Publications (Orlando, FL), 1995.

(With wife, Vonette Z. Bright) Building a Home in a Pull-Apart World: Powerful Principles for a Happier Marriage; Four Steps that Work, NewLife Publications (Orlando, FL), 1995.

The Transforming Power of Fasting & Prayer: Personal Accounts of Spiritual Renewal, NewLife Publications (Orlando, FL), 1997.

(With John N. Damoose) Red Sky in the Morning: How You Can Help Prevent America's Gathering Storms, NewLife Publications (Orlando, FL), 1998.

God: Discover His Character, NewLife Publications (Orlando, FL), 1999.

Quiet Moments with Bill Bright, Vine Books (Ann Arbor, MI), 1999.

Living Super-naturally in Christ, NewLife Publications (Orlando, FL), 2000.

(With Ted Dekker) Blessed Child, Word Publishing (Nashville, TN), 2001.

Discover the Book God Wrote, Tyndale House (Wheaton, IL), 2004.

The Journey Home: Experiencing Joy on the Way, Thomas Nelson (Nashville, TN), 2004.

Author of the booklet "The Four Spiritual Laws," 1956, which has been translated into 200 languages; author of Revolution Now, 1969. Contributor to books, including Seven Promises of a Promise Keeper, revised edition, Word Publishing (Nashville, TN), 1999.



Quebedeaux, Richard, I Found It! The Story of Bill Bright and Campus Crusade, Harper & Row (San Francisco, CA), 1977.

Richardson, Michael Lewis, Amazing Faith: The Authorized Biography of Bill Bright, WaterBrook Press (Colorado Springs, CO), 2000.


Christian Century, June 6, 2001, John Dart, "The Making of Jesus," p. 26.

Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Service, May 15, 1996, p. 515K2522.



Campus Crusade for Christ, International, (February 25, 2004), obituary of William R. "Bill" Bright.*