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Religious broadcaster Darlene B. Brubaker, 79

By DONNA WINCHESTER, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published October 22, 2002

ST. PETERSBURG -- Darlene B. Brubaker, a founder of an international television and radio ministry, died Friday (Oct. 18, 2002) at Bayfront Medical Center. She was 79.

Mrs. Brubaker, who started God's News Behind the News with her husband, Dr. Ray Brubaker, died after heart surgery, he said.

Born in Iowa, she graduated from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, where she met her husband. Together they launched the ministry that looks for signs of biblical prophecy in world events.

When they turned over the ministry two years ago to a son-in-law, Dr. Joe Van Koevering, pastor of Gateway Christian Center, its message was carried on six television networks and numerous cable stations, her husband said. In earlier days, the programs were broadcast by 1,200 radio stations, he said.

Shortly after their marriage in 1946, the couple began touring the country in a 36-foot trailer. Called the "Cathedral Caravan," the mobile ministry traveled to county fairs, Army bases and city parks for 10 years, spreading the Gospel.

The Brubakers moved to St. Petersburg 25 years ago and opened a studio off Pasadena Avenue in 1996 to produce the ministry programs.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Jay, St. Petersburg, and Danny, Niceville; a daughter, Kaye Van Koevering, St. Petersburg; and two grandchildren, Jeremy and Charity Van Koevering.

Friends may call from 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursday at Suncoast Cathedral, 2300 62nd Ave. N. A funeral service will follow.

Abbey Affordable Cremation and Funeral Services, Largo, is in charge of arrangements.

-- Information from Times files was used in this obituary.

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