Tim LaHaye, co-author of “Left Behind” series dies, had Atlanta ties

The Rev. Richard Lee, founding pastor of First Redeemer Church in Cumming, remembers the time he got a call from longtime friend Tim LaHaye about a new book.

LaHaye wasn’t interested in selling “Jesus: Who is He?” in Atlanta; he wanted to give it away.

“He called me one day and asked if I would give away copies of that book to the people of Atlanta,” said Lee, then pastor of Rehoboth Baptist Church in Tucker. LaHaye paid a “very large sum” of money for Lee to make a video that aired on a local television station, he said.

He simply wanted to minister to the people who may be hurting and tell them about the love of Jesus.”

LaHaye, an influential evangelical leader, died Monday in a San Diego area hospital, shortly after suffering a stroke. He was 90.

His friend remembers him fondly and elaborates on his ties to metro Atlanta.

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