Jerry Bridges

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Jerry Bridges (December 4, 1929 – March 6, 2016) was an evangelical Christian author, speaker and staff member of The Navigators. Born in Tyler, Texas, United States, he was the author of more than a dozen books, including The Pursuit of Holiness, which has sold more than one million copies.[1] His devotional Holiness Day By Day garnered the 2009 ECPA Christian Book Award for the inspiration and gift category,[2] and The Discipline of Grace received a similar award in 1995 for the Christian living category.[3]

Bridges earned his undergraduate degree in engineering at the University of Oklahoma before serving as an officer in the United States Navy during the Korean War.[4] He joined Christian discipleship organization The Navigators in 1955, where he served as administrative assistant to the Europe Director, office manager for the headquarters office, Secretary-Treasurer of the organization, and as Vice President for Corporate Affairs before moving to a staff development position with the Collegiate Mission.[4]

At the time of his death, he was a widower,[5] and had married a woman named Jane a year after his first wife's death.[6][7] Bridges died on March 6, 2016 in Colorado Springs, Colorado at the age of 86.[7]



  1. ^ Staub, Dick (2004-04-01). "Jerry Bridges Is Still Pursuing Holiness". Christianity Today (interview). 
  2. ^ "Winners". Christian Book Awards. ECPA. 2009. 
  3. ^ "Gold Medallion Winners". Christian Book Awards. ECPA. 1995. Archived from the original on 2008-05-18. 
  4. ^ a b "An Interview with Jerry: 50 Years with The Navigators". Staff. Navigators. 
  5. ^ Bridges 2007, p. 75: ‘After the death of my first wife…’
  6. ^ Bridges 2007, back flap: ‘…Jerry lives with his wife, Jane…’
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