The Parting of a Dear Father to the Body of Christ

Thursday, after a long struggle with sickness, a dear father in the body of Christ, Art Katz, was received into the arms of the Lord.  For those of you who don’t know, Art was man of deep conviction and a preacher unlike anyone else in the body of Christ.  For those of you who are familiar with IHOP’s “Prophetic History,” Mike refers to Art as a “firey holiness preacher” who actually convinced Mike that Bob Jones was a prophet from God.  For this, and for all the countless times that God has used Art’s uncompromising message to cut cancer from our hearts, he will be deeply missed. 

I never met Art.  I never heard him speak publicly.  But everything I’ve ready and all I’ve heard has had an amazing impact on me.  You can check out the Ben Israel Website here and read most of his work.  I post the following graphic in loving memory of a man given over to the truth. 




About traviskolder

Travis Kolder is a follower of Jesus, a husband, a father of five, an organic church planter, and a writer. He lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he serves as part of the Cedar Rapids House Church Network.

5 responses to “The Parting of a Dear Father to the Body of Christ”

  1. traviskolder says :

    A reader actually emailed this comment to me. I censored it a little, but thought it would be appropriate in this form to post.


    I just noticed your post on Art Katz. He came to the house to pray for me several years ago. I only recently learned of his involvement with IHOP through John. I had no idea his ministry was as extensive as it was at the time that I met him. He truly was a man of strong conviction. I know your prayers for his family would be appreciated. They live about an hour from here.


  2. Bryan says :

    Kudos to Katz! You will be missed!

  3. John Books says :

    Peter Brock, a former member of the Ben Israel community, is due to publish a book soon about Katz.

    It will be a serious work about his life and ministry.

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