Words seem so inadequate to express my heartfelt appreciation for you.You have been a model, a colleague, an unofficial mentor and most of all, a friend.I said to myself, “I don’t know who that man is but I’m going to find out and follow him wherever he goes." That man was Howard G.Hendricks and for the last 40 years I followed “Prof” around wherever he went.The bride eyes not her garment, but her dear bridegroom’s face; I will not gaze at glory, but on my King of grace; Not at the crown He giveth, but on His pierced hand, The Lamb is all the glory in Immanuel’s land.Chuck Swindoll Stonebriar Community Church Insight for Living Close The first job I ever had when I was in high school was working at the old Virginia’s bookstore across the street from Dallas Seminary.Many of “Prof’s” students have pastored churches that have been edified by “Prof” Hendricks' messages—whether they knew it or not! I walked down after class and spoke with Prof for about twenty minutes. And I told her, "Mom, I just figured out why I came to seminary.I remember Prof telling me about one former student of his: “He’s been stealing my stuff for so long he’s forgotten where he got it from! That was the first time he was incredibly kind to talk with me about my life and ministry. (In 1974, I didn't have a cell phone and none of my friends did either). In fact, I just figured out what I'm going to be doing for the rest of my life and ministry.
You have marked my life and I am better because of my time with you. Our relationship grew only closer and deeper as more than 50 years passed.
His mark on me as a teacher has been etched permanently into my life and my ministry.
Since I was his student, I have not prepared a message from God’s Word without remembering and applying the techniques Prof taught me.
He has left this life, but he will continue to live in the lives he was used of God to shape. Hendricks' teaching on marriage, the home and family in the early 70s became foundational to our 2nd attempt to make marriage work for us. And to be a tremendous coach and encourager and I'm honored to say friend for these past almost 40 years.
I wish so much Cindy and I could be there to hug Jean and to pay tribute to one of the "last lions" in family ministry.