David "Dave" Ernest Fisher, age 85, of Wheaton, Illinois, finished his work on Earth and moved to his heavenly home on September 22, 2021. The author and broadcaster marked 58 years of service with TWR in June 2021.
Fisher is remembered as a kind, intelligent person with a passion for seeking to understand God's creations. He embraced new technologies within TWR that have expanded the reach of the ministry's Bible-based programs via radio and Internet.
Truth in the Test Tube - Fisher's Legacy of Science and Faith
One of Fisher's crowning achievements is his signature audio series titled Truth in the Test Tube. The series' premise is to challenge the atheistic worldview of godless evolution. Each episode presents facts of God's creation that often prove compatible with man's understanding of science.
The many hundreds of episodes in the series have been translated in at least 11 languages and have generated responses from around the globe. Some notable episodes include "A Brain Built with Brilliance", "A Guided Tour of Your Body", and "What Truth Have We Found in the Test Tube?"
The series in 11 languages can still be heard on global TWR radio broadcasts and online via TWR's global Internet platform TWR360.
In 1963, Fisher and his wife, Doris, joined Trans World Radio (now TWR). He served in a technical capacity preparing broadcasts to be aired in dozens of dialects so that people of many tribes and nations could hear the good news of Jesus in their heart languages.
It was during these early years that Fisher got inspired to create Truth in the Test Tube. He was hearing responses from listeners living behind the Soviet-era Iron Curtain, who had been taught that science invalidated faith. He was inspired to spend a few hours per week writing radio scripts that addressed their concerns and questions.
In 1978, Fisher and his family moved to Wheaton so he could focus full-time on showing secular listeners the coherence between science and Christian faith. This he did via interviews with notable scientists who had Christian faith, as well as exposés of synergies between science and the Bible.
Fisher's Truth in the Test Tube was first broadcast in Hungarian and later was produced in Russian, Mandarin and other languages.
Fisher's Missionary Life
Fisher was born Oct. 23, 1935, in Lakewood, Ohio. On June 23, 1956, he married Doris Jane Sholes, then earned a bachelor’s degree from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, New York, in 1957, followed by a degree in Missionary Technical Radio from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, in 1960. He gained practical experience as a radio engineer and announcer at WDAC in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he met many listeners who became faithful supporters over the ensuing decades.
After 52 years of marriage, Doris was promoted to heaven in 2008. Eleanor Weiberg became his wife and ministry partner in 2011, celebrating his 50 years with TWR with him in 2013. They would have celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary this November.
In 1985, he earned an M.A. in Intercultural Studies and Missions from Wheaton College. His print publications include co-authorship of Scientists Who Believe (Moody Press, 1984), translated into five languages and selling over 50,000 copies, chapter contributions to Ambassadors for Christ (Moody, 1994), numerous articles in Young Ambassador magazine, and frequent contributions to Chuck Colson’s BreakPoint broadcast. He served as co-editor of the newsletter of the American Scientific Affiliation for many years and was elected an ASA Fellow in 1995 in recognition of his contributions.
He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, attending lectures by visiting scientists, notably at Fermilab and Wheaton College, keeping fit, traveling to visit supporting churches in the Eastern U.S. and to attend conferences, as well as playing board games and word games. And puns! He prayed for his children and grandchildren every day.
He is survived by his wife Eleanor; three children, Louise (Scott) Palmer of Concord, New Hampshire, Joy (John) Hazucha of Edina, Minnesota, and Paul (Nancy) Fisher of San Tan Valley, AZ; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and his three siblings, Faye (Richard) Durkee, Carol Vinton, and Allen (Ellen) Fisher.
Services will be held in October in his hometown of Wheaton.
The family requests that any memorial donations be directed to twr.org/ttt-japan, helping to fund airtime to make the program available on more FM stations in Japan.