Walter Lang, the former head of the Bible-Science Association (BSA), passed away on Saturday to be in the presence of his Creator and Lord Jesus Christ. He was 90. A memorial service was scheduled today (Tuesday) in Seattle, Washington, USA.
In the early 1960s when the modern resurgence of the creation movement was in its infancy (birthed largely by the release of the classic book The Genesis Flood by Whitcomb and Morris), Pastor Lang left his pastorate in Idaho to become the executive director of the just-formed Bible-Science Association. Under his leadership, the BSA was to publish a widely distributed newsletter and to hold many teaching conferences (some of them very well attended).
In fact, the BSA predates the appearance of the Institute for Creation Research (near San Diego) and Answers in Genesis (which began in Australia), both of which were founded in the 1970s. Brother Lang occasionally appeared at conferences where AiG speakers were participating, where he would set up his displays. Many AiG staff members remember him as a kind yet indomitable warrior for proclaiming the truths of the Bible beginning with Genesis.
Ken Ham, President of AiG-USA, declared: “He was a pioneer in the creation ministry. I recall that he would drive hundreds of miles—with a trunk full of materials—to speak at meetings. He was a very dedicated warrior for the Christian faith.”
Later in his life, Brother Lang founded The Genesis Institute.
AiG and its six offices worldwide corporately express its condolences to his sons, Robert and Philip. His wife, Valeria, passed away a few years ago.