Dan Celia, a prominent Christian financial adviser and radio personality who served as president of Financial Issues Stewardship Ministries, has died after a long illness. He was 68 years old.
Financial Issues released a statement last week saying Celia died on March 30 of “long-term health issues”, while Charisma News noted that he “spent six weeks in hospital battling COVID. -19 before his death”.
Celia leaves behind his wife of 42 years, Yvonne; her daughter, Jeanne, and her husband, Kae; daughter, Ann, and her husband, Matt; and eight grandchildren.
“When it came to honoring God, Dan’s faith was fervent,” Financial Issues said. “Many Americans rejoice because a dear and faithful friend is now in the arms of Jesus and these same people deeply feel the loss of one of God’s most faithful servants.”
Financial Issues Live hosted a special, “A Tribute to Dan,” on Friday in which people called in to offer their condolences, while others took to social media to do the same.
“Dan Celia, a good friend, has passed into the hands of GOD,” TVLD’s Dan McKenrick said in a Facebook post last Friday, calling Celia a “remarkable man.”
“[Celia] put forth an incredible effort to help people solve their financial problems while focusing on one main objective, witnessing to the gift of eternal salvation through JESUS CHRIST! How blessed I am to have known him and to have had the opportunity, in a very small way, to help him achieve his goal.
According to her official biography, Celia served in the US military from 1971 to 1977, then became a businessman and started eight businesses on her own.
In 1997 he started a radio ministry and in 1999 he sold his Small Trust Company, which was managing over $900 million, to fully commit to ministry work.
Its regular broadcast program on financial issues from a Christian perspective was carried by over 600 stations and boasted support from 17 different countries.
Celia was also the author of six books, a regular guest on various news programs, a board member of the American Family Association, and has been featured in The Christian Post.
“We have a deep fear of money,” he wrote in an article titled “Have we separated finances from faith?”
He wrote: “There is fear of not earning enough, fear of losing it, maybe fear of not getting rid of our debt. Fear permeates most of our thoughts about money.
“I truly believe that when you apply the principles of biblical stewardship to your money, you will overcome this fear. You will walk day by day, trusting in the Lord in all your circumstances and opportunities, with all that you have, and knowing that it is God in whom you place your trust.