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I was interviewed once about Jack Hayford and made the comment that he was the Pentecostal Gold Standard. Christianity Today put Hayford on the cover and to my surprise they used my phrase in the headline. It was true in 2005 when Hayford was 71, (the age I am now.)
Sadly, on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2023 Pastor Jack Hayford passed away at 88 years old. I was very close to him and I am grieving his loss. We had a professional relationship that developed into our publishing five of his books; he was "senior editorial advisor" for Ministry Today magazine for more than a decade and I served on the board of The Kings University (which he founded) for nearly 20 years.
Over the years he became a mentor and in many ways my pastor even though he lived 2500 miles away. My wife and I considered he was the "spiritual covering" for Charisma Media. We ran all major decisions by him. (Today I was reflecting that during the 30-year period we considered Hayford "pastor" that my wife and I attended four different churches locally. Two of those pastors left the ministry and two of the churches ultimately closed. We are glad that Pastor Jack gave stability to our lives as we led this publishing media ministry.)
Lynette Hardaway, better known as Diamond from the team Diamond and Silk, died Monday night. She was 51.
The lively political commentator and her sister Rochelle "Silk" Richardson were big supporters of former President Donald Trump during his presidential campaign in 2016 and reelection campaign in 2020.
Trump noted Hardaway's passing on Truth Social Monday night, writing: "Really bad news for Republicans and frankly, ALL Americans.
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