It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Pat Robertson, renowned host of “The 700 Club,” influential religious figure, and former presidential candidate. Robertson, who dedicated his life to spreading the message of faith, died peacefully at his home in Virginia Beach on Thursday morning. He was 93 years old.
The Christian Broadcasting Network, which Robertson founded back in 1960, confirmed his passing. The network did not disclose the cause of death. However, his son and CEO of the Christian Broadcasting Network, Gordon Robertson, shared a heartfelt tribute, stating, “My dad was surrounded by his loving family when he embraced the glory of heaven and met his Savior face to face. He served and loved his Lord with his entire being, leaving behind an extraordinary legacy.”
Throughout his remarkable journey spanning over half a century, Robertson became a familiar presence in American households with his iconic television show, “The 700 Club.” From its inception until his retirement in 2021, Robertson captivated audiences with his powerful messages and unwavering devotion.
Born in 1930, Robertson, a Baptist minister with a passion for politics, rose to prominence as one of the most influential evangelical broadcasters and entrepreneurs in the United States. He transformed a modest Virginia television station into the globally recognized Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), starting with a meager $3 deposit and only $70 to his name, as revealed by CBN.
Beyond his television endeavors, Robertson’s impact extended to various spheres. He founded Regent University, a distinguished evangelical Christian institution in Virginia Beach, and established the American Center for Law and Justice, an organization dedicated to protecting the First Amendment rights of religious individuals. Additionally, his philanthropic efforts led to the establishment of Operation Blessing, an international humanitarian organization.
Robertson’s commitment to both religion and politics became evident during his bid for the GOP presidential nomination in 1988. Although he ultimately did not secure the nomination, his campaign played a pivotal role in uniting conservative Christians and the Republican Party, creating a lasting alliance that shaped the nation’s political landscape.
Having written 15 books, including notable titles like “The Turning Tide” and “The New World Order,” Robertson leaves behind a legacy that has left an indelible mark on society. Despite retiring as the host of “The 700 Club” in 2021, he continued to make guest appearances on the program, sharing his wisdom and insight with viewers.
Pat Robertson’s passing comes after the loss of his beloved wife, Dede, in April 2022. He is survived by his four children, 14 grandchildren, and 24 great-grandchildren, who carry on his extraordinary legacy of faith and service.
The world mourns the loss of a visionary leader, but Pat Robertson’s impact will forever be etched in the hearts of those whose lives he touched. As we remember his life and contributions, we celebrate a man who dedicated himself to spreading the love of God and transforming countless lives along the way.