Jack Hayford

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Who is Jack Hayford?

Jack Hayford (1934 - present) is an American author, Pentecostal minister, and Chancellor of The King's University (formerly The King's College and Seminary).

He is the founding pastor of The Church On The Way in Van Nuys and was the fourth President of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel from 2004 to 2008.

While working on his second bachelor's degree at Azusa Pacific University, Hayford, on a temporary basis, began pastoring a small congregation, the First Foursquare Church of Van Nuys, (the name later was changed to "The Church On the Way"), where he wound up serving as the senior pastor from 1969 to 1999.

The church has subsequently become numbered among the largest churches in America, and particularly, the Foursquare denomination, reporting membership exceeding 10,000.

Hayford is a graduate of L.I.F.E. Bible College (now Life Pacific College), where he served as dean of students, and Azusa Pacific University. He is widely known for his past involvement in the Promise Keepers movement, his role as founder and chancellor of The King's University, initiator of the Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem, and for being a prolific author and song-writer, with over 600 hymns and choruses in his catalog. He is the author of the popular 1978 hymn "Majesty", which is rated as one of the top 100 contemporary hymns, performed and sung in churches worldwide. In 1995, he recorded Men In Worship, under the Hosanna! Music label, with 1500 men.

Early life

Jack Williams Hayford was born on June 25, 1934 to Jack and Dolores Hayford, who had married two years earlier on September 28, 1932. Hayford was born with a muscular condition in his neck, however his condition improved. His parents were a bit confounded by their son's improvement. They later learned that a relative had called a Foursquare prayer line and asked for prayer for their son, which inspired the family to begin attending the local Foursquare church.

When the family moved to Oakland, California, young Jack and his siblings went to a church of another denomination. While Hayford's father attended church the first four years of Hayford's life, he stopped attending church, due to his lifestyle of drinking and smoking, which was not well received in the church. Hayford's mother, Dolores, stayed home with her husband, sending her children to church without her. His parents later returned to church, when Hayford was 14. Although Hayford's parents did not attend church during this brief time, Hayford has upheld his parents for providing him with a Christian upbringing.


In 1952, Hayford returned to Los Angeles to attend L.I.F.E. Bible College (now known as Life Pacific College). In 1969, during his fifth year as dean of students at L.I.F.E, Hayford was asked to pastor a small congregation, the first Foursquare Church of Van Nuys, California, a struggling congregation of only 18 members, with an average age of 65 years.

While Hayford had initially agreed to pastor the church for only a period of six months, he later felt compelled to remain on a permanent basis. Only a few weeks from accepting an offer to pastor another Foursquare church, Hayford met with Foursquare denomination president, Rolf McPherson, stating that he wanted to remain with the Van Nuys congregation. By the early 1980s, The Church On The Way became a pioneer of the megachurch movement.

In 1999, Hayford resigned his role as the senior pastor of The Church On The Way, naming his son-in-law, Scott Bauer as successor. Bauer served as the church's senior pastor until 2003, when he suffered a fatal brain aneurysm. Hayford returned to temporarily serve as the church's senior pastor for a year, eventually installing Jim and Alice Tolle as his successors on April 4, 2004.

Tolle served as senior pastor for six years, resigning in November, 2010. In January, 2012, Ricky Temple was installed by the Foursquare Denomination as the Lead Pastor of The Church On The Way.

On October 4, 2004, Jack Hayford was elected to a four-year term as president of the Foursquare denomination, a position he chose not to pursue after that single term.

Hayford had upper spinal (neck) surgery in July 2011, causing him to curtail his otherwise aggressive travel and speaking schedule.


Jack Hayford is the son of Jack and Dolores Hayford, Sr. His father had served in the military as a young man and served as a switchman for the Southern Pacific Railroad. Hayford's mother, Dolores, was a Bible teacher who spoke at interdenominational women's classes and Women's Aglow Fellowship (now Aglow International). She died on October 31, 1997 of cancer.

Hayford's sister, Luanne died in 1978, while serving as a missionary in Hong Kong. Jack Hayford's brother, Jim, is pastor emeritus of Eastside Foursquare Church in Seattle, Washington.

Hayford and wife, Anna, were married in 1954. They have four children and 11 grandchildren.
Daughter Rebecca Hayford Bauer is a Gold Medallion author, who has written several books, including a 2011 release co-written with her father. She was married to Scott Bauer for 27 years, before his sudden death in 2003, while he was serving as senior pastor of The Church On The Way. She and Scott have three children. She resigned her position at the Church on the Way in 2008 to pursue other interests.

Hayford's oldest son and second child, Jack W. Hayford III is married to Joann Loika Hayford and works as a chemical engineer in the Eastern United States. He and Joann have two children. Jack holds masters degrees in Chemistry and theology. Jack was a significant contributor to the Spirit Filled Bible under the general editorship of his father.

Son Mark, the third Hayford child, is married to Darci Lingenfelser Hayford and is seeking new employment on the west coast of the United States. Mark has three children from his first marriage and a step son from Darci's previous marriage. Mark has served as a pastor, missionary and chaplain for over 25 years and also holds a masters degree in distance education. He too has co-written a book with his father.

Christa Hayford Andersen, the youngest Hayford child, is married to Pastor Doug Andersen and they have three children. She is an ordained Foursquare minister and assists her husband in his role as senior pastor of The Church On The Way, Santa Clarita, established in 2008, when the North Campus of the Van Nuys congregation was established as a free-standing Foursquare Church. Christa is also an author.


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