Donald Wildmon, the founder of the American Family Association, a conservative Christian advocacy group, died on Thursday, according to the organization.
According to an obituary released by WTVA-TV, the 85-year-old Mississippi native died on Thursday from problems associated with Lewy body dementia. Wildmon died in Tupelo, Mississippi, the headquarters of the American Family Association. Wildmon was described in his obituary as “one of the legendary leaders of American conservatism.”
“His impressive legacy of Christian ministry will live on for many years to come,” said Republican Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves on X, formerly known as Twitter.
A Visionary Leader’s Legacy
Wildmon’s distinguished career began as a United Methodist Church preacher. Appalled by the substance of television programming, he moved into activism. He also founded the AFA in 1977 as the National Federation for Decency. Over time, the organization has become a pillar of conservative Christian causes. Conducting campaigns and boycotts to persuade firms to agree with its beliefs, particularly in opposition to LGBT anti-discrimination legislation.
The AFA became one of the most effective pro-family organizations in the country under Wildmon’s leadership. Growing its reach and influence across the country. His vision of a Christian community actively engaged in politics and culture radically altered the conservative Christian movement in the United States.
Personal Life of Donald Wildmon
Wildmon stepped down in 2010 after managing the AFA for 33 years, passing the torch to his son, Tim Wildmon. His dogged righteousness is carried on not just by the AFA and American Family Radio but also by his huge family. Wildmon’s wife, two sons, two daughters, six granddaughters, and eleven great-grandchildren survive him.
Republican Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves acknowledged Wildmon’s lasting legacy in Christian ministry. As the country also celebrates this famous leader, his enormous imprint on American society remains. His life and work are marked by a strong love for family and an unyielding dedication to Christian precepts. He has left an indelible mark on the cultural landscape of America.