Apostle Richard D. Henton, Noted Chicago Pastor, Passes

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Credit: R. D. Henton website

The Journal of Gospel Music learned that Apostle Richard D. Henton, Pastor of the Monument of Faith Evangelistic Church, has transitioned from labor to reward today, October 22, 2015.

Among the Chicago gospel singers who were faithful congregants of Monument of Faith were Delores “Honey” Sykes and Claude Timmons.

Here is a brief bio from Apostle Henton’s website:

Called into the ministry in 1948 on December 14th, Apostle Richard D. Henton has become one of the most prolific speakers of our day. He has been in ministry for sixty-six (66) years and has been a pastor for fifty (50) of those years. With an approximate membership of close to five thousand (5,000), Dr. Henton also founded the R. D. Henton Breakthrough Ministries and was the executive producer of the Breakthrough Telecast. This weekly program has aired on systems throughout the world such as The Word Network, The Total Living Network, WJYS/TV 62 and WEDE TV34.

The R.D. Henton Breakthrough Ministry has an extensive media library of well over 6,000 audio, video, CD and DVD’s, which are a vast extension of his outreach ministry that reaches the world.

Although Dr. Henton was a faithful pastor, he was known to many as their “TV Evangelist” and has ministered at various conferences, convocations, conventions and mass meetings for many decades in several major cities throughout America. He has been the keynote speaker for many ministries: “The Promise Keepers”, Bishop T. D. Jakes, Azusa with Bishop Carlton Pearson, Morris Cerrullo, Bishop O. T. Jones, Sr., Rev. R.W. Shambach, and The late Bishop Gilbert E. Patterson, Bishop Charles Blake, Moore House, Church of God In Christ AIM Convention and many others.

Dr. Henton has held special services in the city where he was born and raised and still lives (Chicago) with turn-away crowds after 10,000 seats were filled at the U.I.C. Pavilion.

Dr. Henton has three Doctorate of Divinity degrees and has been the recipient of numerous certificates of merit, letters from the presidents, given key to many cities by their mayors, and honored by congressman and dignitaries alike. He was the recipient of two very special awards in Chicago. (N’Digo Foundation Recipient of N’Faith Award) and (Former Mayor Richard M. Daley presented Him the Luminary Senior Citizen Hall of Faith Award).

Dr. Richard D. Henton was a family man and is the father of four children that worked faithfully with him in the ministry. Although he is abundantly blessed, he remained a most humble servant of the Lord, a true servant for this generation.

About Bob Marovich

Bob Marovich is a gospel music historian, author, and radio host. Founder of Journal of Gospel Music blog (formally The Black Gospel Blog) and producer of the Gospel Memories Radio Show.

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