Harold Camping (1921 – 2013)

Harold Egbert Camping passed away this weekend at the age of 92. He was the Founder & President of Family Stations, Inc. and longtime host of the Open Forum Program. I grew up listening to Harold Camping preaching the gospel over the radio thanks to my dad tuning in to his program every day.  He was prominent voice in the Christian community.

Mr. Camping received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1942. He and his family were lifelong members the Christian Reformed Church until the year 1988. He served there as an Elder and Bible teacher for many years. Harold Camping earned his living from his own construction business, which he began shortly after the end of World War II. In 1958 he, together with two others, formed the non-profit ministry of Family Stations, Inc. (Family Radio – a Christian educational network) in which he has served as President. Eventually Harold Camping sold his business and became a full-time volunteer employer of Family Radio serving as President and as General Manager.

In 1961 Family Radio began the Open Forum program, a live weeknight call-in program hosted by Harold Camping. This program has continued to the present time and is broadcasted on the more than 140 stations owned by Family Radio in the U.S. The Open Forum is also translated into many foreign languages and together with other Family Radio programing is broadcast worldwide via Shortwave, and a network of AM / FM stations. Additionally, most of this worldwide programming is aired by means of Internet (www.familyradio.com). Harold Camping authored about 30 books and booklets most of which are available free of charge from Family Radio.

Each weeknight, Camping would transmit his own biblical interpretations in a quivery monotone, clutching a worn Bible as he took listeners’ calls. He is probably best known for predicted that the world would end on Sept. 6, 1994 but when it didn’t occur, he offered a grand apology with hopes of soothing his outraged listeners.

Harold Camping is survived by his wife, Shirley, of 71 years, six children and a host of grandchildren. I shall remember Mr. Camping by his famous words on air, “And shall we take our next caller please….”


More about Family Stations, Inc. –

Family Radio’s official name is Family Stations, Inc. It is an altogether unique non-profit corporation begun in 1958 with the express purpose of sending the Christian Gospel into the world. It is a worldwide non-commercial ministry supported entirely by gifts from its listeners. Its founder, president and general manager, Harold Camping is a full time volunteer, receiving no salary or other financial compensation. In reality Family Radio regards the Lord Jesus Christ as its Chief Executive Officer, because it operates altogether under the authority of the Bible.

Family Radio constantly endeavors to send throughout the world all of the teachings of the Bible as extensively and as intensively as possible. Therefore, they broadcast in more than 30 of the major languages of the world so that as many people as possible can hear the true Gospel in their own language. Family Radio also sponsors a correspondence School of the Bible. Anyone may join free of charge to learn Bible Hebrew, Bible Greek, and receive instruction in many books of the Bible. Click here for more info – http://FamilyRadio.com  

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2 thoughts on “Harold Camping (1921 – 2013)

  1. There is no doubt God wants us to know when His return is near. If He wanted it to remain a secret, he wouldn’t have told us all the signs to look for. On the other hand, it amazes me that anyone would take seriously the prediction of anyone when it comes down to them predicting an actual date. Jesus couldn’t have been more clear when He said, “No man knows the day or the hour.”

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