Dr Mike Evans

Christian TV network founder who built studio in Israel dies from COVID-19

Marcus Lamb, the founder of the international Daystar television network, passed away last week from COVID-19 at the age of 64.

“It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Marcus D. Lamb, founder, president, and CEO of Daystar Television Network, went home to be with his Heavenly Father this morning. He leaves behind a legacy of fiercely loving the Lord, all the people of the world, and most of all his family,” his family said in a statement.

“As we remember this Great General of the Faith, let us never forget his devotion to the Great Commission. His heart’s passion was that all may come to know Jesus as Lord and Savior and experience the transformational power of the Holy Spirit,” it added.

Lamb launched the Christian television network with his wife Joni, growing it worldwide as one of the largest religious TV networks in the world. He also held a special favor for Israel, building a studio in Jerusalem. The studio was destroyed by an arsonist in 2019, and rebuilt by the network.

The network’s focus on Israel says on its website, “From the pages of history to modern day headlines, Israel is without a doubt one of the most significant nations of all time. Not only is Israel the birthplace of the Bible and where we find the roots of the Christian faith, but also it’s the only land that carries a promise. From the moment God called Israel his own, he proclaimed a blessing over all who bless it. That means every time you give to support Israel, God is standing ready to bless you until your cup overflows.”

Lamb’s story includes receiving the idea to start his first TV station in Alabama while in Israel in 1983. He started the Montgomery station in 1985, later launching Daystar in Texas in 1997, with a global outreach of two billion potential viewers worldwide.

Lamb leaves behind his wife Joni and three grown children.