10 Christian ministry leaders, influencers who died in 2019

Charlie VanderMeer – Feb. 22, 2019

Christian radio personality Charlie VanderMeer, known as "Uncle Charlie" to young listeners around the world, died at his home on Feb. 22, 2019. | Courtesy of Keys for Kids

Popular children’s Christian radio personality Charlie VanderMeer, commonly known as “Uncle Charlie,” died at age 84 after experiencing a fall.

VanderMeer hosted the “Children’s Bible Hour” radio ministry for decades, adding voices to scripts, reading poems, lessons, and Scripture during a global broadcast.

He also visited churches across the United States and abroad, ministering to children through balloon animals, magic tricks, stories, and ventriloquism.

“Whether it was on the radio as a child or hosting the program as Uncle Charlie, he wanted kids and families to know Jesus,” said Keys for Kids Ministries, the current incarnation of the “Children’s Bible Hour."

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