Gospel artist Walter Hawkins, Grammy-winning songwriter of such hits as "Goin' Up Yonder," "Changed" and "Be Grateful," died July 11 after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. Also founder of the Love Center Church in Oakland, Calif., Hawkins was 61.

Gary Bergel retired as president emeritus of Intercessors for America after 36 years, effective July 1. The ministry has been led by David Kubal for the last year.

The International Church of the Foursquare Gospel named the Rev. Tammy Dunahoo as its general supervisor in what is viewed as the denomination's most significant female appointment since 1950. A longtime pastor and church planter with her husband, Dunahoo had served in the church's No. 2 position since September 2009, and her appointment was effective immediately. The Foursquare Church was founded in the 1920s by Aimee Semple McPherson and led by the well-known evangelist until her death in 1944.

Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of a founder of Hamas who converted to Christianity and spied for Israel, was granted political asylum in the U.S., pending fingerprinting and a background check. The Department of Homeland Security previously denied his request for asylum, saying he posed a terrorist threat.

Oral Roberts University (ORU) sold its 9-acre presidential estate for $1.55 million in late June. The property, which includes six houses, was the home of former ORU President Richard Roberts until he resigned in 2007 amid allegations of financial impropriety. The estate had been vacant since the Robertses' departure.

To contact us or to submit an article, click here.

Get Charisma's best content delivered right to your inbox! Never miss a big news story again. Click here to subscribe to the Charisma News newsletter.

Five ways to deepen your relationship with God, increase your faith and save money!

  • Deepen Your Relationship with God with a FREE eCourse: Click Here to view all of our free e-Courses. Favorite topics include Fear, Forgiveness, Holy Spirit, Supernatural, and How to Hear God.
  • Super Discounts and Close-Out Specials: Click Here to view all our bundles and close-out specials and save up to 86%! Prayer, Holy Spirit, Anointing, the Supernatural and more.
  • God Wants to Anoint Women Now: Rise up and enter the anointing of Deborah, Anna, Esther, Ruth and Hannah. You were called to go higher. Click Here to learn more.
  • Change Your Atmosphere and Circumstances Through Prayer! John Eckhardt's prayer bundle gives you six powerful books to help you pray and change any situation. Click Here.
  • HUGE Bible Sale!: Click Here to save up to 50% off a great selection of Bibles. Plus, get a free gift with each order!

Subscription Special: Subscribe to Charisma for Only $24.97 and get a free gift. With your subscription, you'll receive Born For Significance by best-selling author Bill Johnson. View Offer

Attention Pastors and Leaders: Leadership training and development are crucial for success. Enroll in a FREE 1-hour leadership mini-course by Dr. Mark Rutland. View Details

Charisma News - Informing believers with news from a Spirit-filled perspective