Biola Mourns the Loss of Alumnus and Friend Frank Pastore (MA, ’94)

Ex-pitcher, Christian radio show host passed away Monday, Dec. 17

Dec. 18, 2012 By Jenna Bartlo

Biola alumnus Frank Pastore (M.A. ’94) — a popular Christian radio show host of The Frank Pastore Show on KKLA 99.5 FM and avid Biola supporter — passed away on the afternoon of Monday, Dec. 17, after being in a month-long coma. Pastore had been in critical care since being involved in a motorcycle accident while driving home the week before Thanksgiving.

The Biola community mourns the loss of our brother in Christ, alumnus and friend.

Frank Pastore graduated from Talbot School of Theology in 1994.

“Frank Pastore had a heart for the gospel and understood in the deepest ways the profound impact of a Christian worldview not only on our lives and on our educational institutions but on our culture,” said Biola University President Barry H. Corey. “He was a profound voice of reason and of engagement, and he was able to articulate with clarity and listen with sensitivity.”

“As a graduate of Biola's M.A. in philosophy program, we considered Frank part of our family. I am thankful for his graciousness and kindness to us in many ways, in championing the very heart of Biola that was part of his life and passion. He will be profoundly missed, not only by Biola, but by countless others who depended on him day in and day out to help them think clearly and Christianly about the big issues of the day.”

Frank Pastore with his wife, Gina, and Barry H. Corey at a Chuck Colson event on campus.

Biola professors were frequent guests on the Frank Pastore Show. Pastore was honored with an Alumni Award in 2010 for Impact in Media.

As a Talbot School of Theology graduate, Pastore was also a highlighted speaker at the dedication ceremony for the school's new building in October 2011.

The links below offer more information about Pastore and his friendship with Biola:

Written by Jenna Bartlo, Media Relations Coordinator. For more information, contact Jenna at 562.777.4061 or


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  • Steve Woodyard Dec. 19, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    I'm a Talbot student who listened to Frank frequently. He spoke passionately about his faith and about a worldview that should be affected in every respect by the complete revelation of Scripture. He challenged his audience to get involved in society in a way that would inform a confused world as to the truth about Christianity. He believed that if all Christians would broaden their horizons and live boldly for Christ, not only could our country change, but so could our world. Frank was not afraid to speak the truth about topics when he knew the truth wasn't popular. His boldness rubbed off on thousands, who I pray will not lose heart. I only met Frank a couple of times, but I knew him well from listening on radio, and I loved him. I will miss him greatly. Father, comfort Frank's family with your loving embrace and the peace of Your Holy Spirit.

  • Lisa Minnerly Dec. 21, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    I met Frank at Biola Media Conference I had the priviledge to also speak at in 2005. I also listened to his show religiously for about 4 years during a very difficult time in my life. What a light, testimony and voice for all we hold dear in Christ. My prayers are for comfort for his family. Lisa

  • Joseph Dec. 21, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    If anyone would like to come honor such a good man. Frank's Memorial service will be held Dec 29th at 1pm at Calvary Chapel Chino Valley. The address is 12205 Pipeline Ave.

  • ben Jan. 31, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Maybe the BIOLA radio studio should be named after him.

  • Luann Savage May. 29, 2016 at 7:41 PM

    I still miss Frank & am still saddened that he is no longer here. Every time I hear Gina's voice on KKLA my heart melts & I pray for her peace & ask God to comfort her. Frank spoke so lovingly about Gina. A huge void for her. A huge loss for the entire Pastore family. My son Dan got me listening to Frank daily, so many years ago & we still talk about Frank. I loved his stories. He was a terrific guy ... a treasure & still loved by many.

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