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Influential minister and missionary Owen Olbricht dies at 90


Owen D. Olbricht, whose evangelistic efforts contributed to thousands of baptisms in 30 states and eight countries, died Nov. 2 of complications from COVID-19 pneumonia. He was 90.

A Missouri native and graduate of Harding University in Searcy, Ark., Olbricht taught at his alma mater and the defunct Northeastern Christian Junior College in Villanova, Pa. He preached in Arkansas, Missouri and New Jersey and directed Campaigns Northeast/Southeast evangelism teams. He also authored books with biblical analysis, including Truth for Today’s commentaries on Colossians and Philemon.

Dan Cooper, retired minister and current elder of the Pitman Church of Christ in Sewell, N.J., is one of many who felt Olbricht’s personal impact.

“Owen taught me more about life, ministry and evangelism than I ever learned at any semester of university training,” Cooper said.

Admirers of Olbricht had even organized a Facebook fan page dedicated to him.


Related: Tom Olbricht, a ‘Renaissance man’ for Churches of Christ, dies at 90


One of his brothers, the late Tom Olbricht, founded the Christian Scholars’ Conference.

Gifts in Owen Olbricht’s honor can be made to Truth for Today World Mission School, 2209 Benton Ave, Searcy, AR 72143.

Read Olbricht’s full obituary here.

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