Jack Hayford Obituary, Death – Doctor Jack Hayford passed away. He was a pastor, a writer, a composer, and the previous leader of the ICFG. I appreciate everything… Until next time. American author and Pentecostal priest Jack Williams Hayford. Additionally, he served as the King’s College and Seminary’s Chancellor Emeritus, which is now known as The King’s University. He once served as the senior pastor of The Church On The Way in Van Nuys, California, one of the main congregations for the Foursquare movement. He served as the fourth leader of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel.
His involvement with the Promise Keepers movement and the numerous songs he has written and recorded have made him well-known. He wrote more than 600 hymns and choruses. He composed the well-known hymn “Majesty” in 1978. One of the top 100 contemporary hymns, it is sung and played in churches all around the world. Jack Williams Hayford was born in Los Angeles, California, on June 25, 1934. Anita Dolores (née Farnsworth) (1916–1997) and Jack Hayford (1911–1979), his parents, wed on September 28, 1932, after two years of courtship.
When Hayford was born, he had an issue with the neck muscles, but it became better over time. His father was a switchman for the Southern Pacific Railroad and had been in the military when he was a little boy. Dolores Hayford was a Bible instructor who talked to women of all religions at the Women’s Aglow Fellowship and other gatherings (now Aglow International). Hayford, who wed Anna Marie Smith on July 4, 1954, claims that his parents reared him as a Christian even if they didn’t always attend church. They fell in love after meeting in college.
They have four kids: Christa, Mark, Rebecca, and Jack III. They also had 17 great-grandchildren and 11 grandchildren. Early in 2016, Anna learned that she had stage 4 pancreatic cancer. 2017 saw her passing. Hayford remarried the next year and continues to reside in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley. No one has seen him in public since 2019. Hayford was admitted to the National Religious Broadcasters Hall of Fame in March 2014. For his work on the CD God With Us, he also received the William Booth Award from the Salvation Army and the Dove Award from the Gospel Music Association. On the Hosanna! Music album Men In Worship, he also served as the worship leader.