Evangelical media head Stuart Epperson dies at age 86

By Jen Krausz on
 July 18, 2023

Prominent evangelical Christian and media figure Stuart Epperson Sr., who founded the Salem Media Group, died Monday in his sleep at age 86, according to a press release.

"Big Stu rode home to Glory early this morning," Stu Epperson Jr. posted on his Facebook page about his father.

"Stuart will be greatly missed by many," said Ed Atsinger, Epperson's brother-in-law and the executive chairman of the Salem Media Group. "I will miss him, but I take comfort in realizing that he is already receiving his reward for a life well-lived."

Epperson was named one of the 25 Most Influential Evangelicals in 2005 by Time Magazine for his work in conservative and evangelical Christian media.

The company owns radio stations all over the country with a listenership of 5 million per week, as well as Godtube.com and several print magazines including CCM (Contemporary Christian Music).

Epperson also ran unsuccessfully for Congress twice in the 1980s.