World News Group Founder Joel Belz Dies at 82
Joel Belz, a revered leader and founder of the influential Christian news organization World News Group, has died at the age of 82 after battling Parkinson’s disease for some time.
World News Group announced his demise in a Sunday press release. Belz passed away, leaving behind his 49-year wife Carol Esther, five daughters,16 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Belz’s legacy includes not only the impactful news outlet he established but also a lifetime of service and dedication. He served as moderator of the Presbyterian Church in America’s General Assembly, leaving a lasting impression on the religious community
Tributes have poured in from those who knew and admired him. John Weiss, chairman of the WNG board was quoted in the press release describing Belz as a “leader, a publisher, a visionary, and a faithful servant.”
“His ever-ready words of encouragement to all will be sorely missed. But we know the One in whom Joel placed his faith has now called him home to his glorious reward. For Joel, the battle is over and the victory won,” he added.
Nick Eicher, a long-time editorial leader at WNG, highlighted Belz’s unwavering faith and commitment to his work. “In the thirty-three years I’ve been part of this project that Joel started, I never met anyone who so consistently applied his theology to his work and life” Eicher said.
“The fact that he was wrestling every day with the news amplified his utter reliance on God. I never saw his trust in his good Father waver, even when he could no longer be in the office doing what he loved.”
Born in Iowa and raised in a large family, Belz pursued a life dedicated to education and service. He graduated from Cono Christian School and Covenant College, later earning the distinction of Alumnus of the Year. His leadership extended to the Presbyterian Church, where he held the esteemed position of moderator
World News Group however has established a tribute page in his honor at wng.org/joel. This page features an obituary, photographs, a collection of his writings, and a space for visitors to share their memories and condolences.