JONESBORO, Ga — In the early hours of February 10, 2024, at the age of 88, Dr. Henry Blackaby finished his earthly race and entered into eternity with his Lord.

Two weeks later, on February 25, 2024, hundreds of Henry Blackaby’s family and friends gathered at his long-time home church, FBC Jonesboro, to honor his memory. Hundreds more from around the world tuned into the livestream.

Thirteen of Blackaby’s 14 grandchildren and 8 of his 11 great-grandchildren were in attendance. Three grandchildren—Christa Moore, Matthew Blackaby, and Mike Blackaby—shared brief tributes.

“We have tried to follow Grandpa’s example of going where God calls you to go,” Mike Blackaby shared. “As each of my four kids, four of his great-grandchildren, took a rock from the beach and tossed it out into the water in honor of their great-grandfather, those rocks made ripples in the ocean. I realized that those little ones throwing the rocks are the ripples of his life. They are the fourth generation to feel his impact, and I believe they won’t be the last.”

All five of Henry and Marilynn Blackaby’s children also shared.

“Dad didn’t speak with complications,” remembered daughter Carrie Blackaby Webb. “He spoke with powerful, simple truth. We could all use more of that. . . . Dad, thank you for your heritage. We will do our best, all of us, to carry the torch.”

Richard Blackaby, Henry Blackaby’s oldest son, recalled a time when the host of an event where Henry Blackaby was to give the keynote address was agonizing over how to introduce the highly esteemed speaker. Henry Blackaby told him, “I want you to get up when it’s time to introduce me and say, ‘Here’s Henry Blackaby, a servant of God.’”

When the host asked what other achievements he should cite, Richard Blackaby said his dad simply responded, “After you call me a servant of God, what else is there to say?”

Following numerous family tributes and several clips from Henry Blackaby’s classic sermons, the FBCJ choir and orchestra performed a moving rendition of “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” from Experiencing God: The Musical, which was released in 2000.

During his concluding comments, Mel Blackaby read a passage from John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress and then shared, “[Jesus] is the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through him. My question for you today is, do you know him? Are you prepared to cross that river?”

Watch the full service here:

  1. February 29

    I’ll never forget our Women’s Bible study on “Experiencing God” some years ago. It has made a difference in my life and in my walk with the Lord.

  2. March 1

    I will always treasure Henry Blackaby and his family. I served am internship in 1987 in Vancouver Canada and even then he was such a kind and compassionate mentor. He was always encouraging and caring and spoke to my heart so deeply as I was going through a difficult situation in my ministry life. He taught me so much about life and also church planting. Later through his training and leadership I was able to start a church and ministry because of his guidance. I have always used what he shared with me all these years—Find out what God is up to and join God in it!!! Thank you Henry!! Well done good and faithful servant!!

  3. March 9

    My condolences to all the Blackaby family. We who are left behind miss our loved ones and Henry was loved! I praise God for his influence in so many lives including my own. And I so appreciate the legacy he has created that lives on in the ministries of his children and his children’s children.

    Henry can rest in the Lord now until that beautiful resurrection day when he will awake from sleep and meet his Lord face to face.

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