Who Was Herbert W. Armstrong?

Herbert Armstrong, one of the most prominent religious leaders of the 20th century, was watched, read and followed by millions worldwide.

Herbert W. Armstrong was one of the most prominent religious leaders and humanitarians of the 20th century.

In 1931, Mr. Armstrong founded what became the Worldwide Church of God. In 1934, he aired the first World Tomorrow, which eventually expanded to more than 400 television and radio stations worldwide. Also in 1934, he published the first Plain Truth magazine, which, by the time of his death in 1986, had more than 8 million subscribers—more than Time magazine and Newsweek combined.

In 1947, Mr. Armstrong founded Ambassador College. He also founded the Ambassador International Cultural Foundation, a humanitarian organization that sponsored activities around the world.

Mr. Armstrong traveled the world, fulfilling Jesus Christ’s prophecy in Matthew 24:14 to “preach the gospel of the kingdom.” He met more than 500 heads of state, heads of government and other world leaders, many of whom recognized him as an unofficial ambassador for world peace.

Mr. Armstrong had a gift for understanding and explaining the Bible. He wrote hundreds of magazine articles, booklets and books. His greatest literary work, Mystery of the Ages, contains the answers to life’s most fundamental questions.

When Herbert W. Armstrong died on Jan. 16, 1986, then United States President Ronald Reagan told Worldwide Church of God members, “You can take pride in his legacy.”

Today, Mr. Armstrong’s legacy continues through Gerald Flurry and the Philadelphia Church of God.

To learn more about Mr. Armstrong’s legacy, request his free book Autobiography of Herbert W. Armstrong, as well as our free booklet Ambassador for World Peace.