Howard Hendricks, longtime professor and mentor dies


DALLAS — Author and longtime Dallas Theological Seminary professor Howard Hendricks passed away Wednesday (Feb. 20) at the age of 88. He was a mentor to many prominent Christian leaders.

Hendricks served on the seminary faculty for 60 years and was founder and chairman of the seminary's Center for Christian Leadership. He authored or co-authored 16 books and taught more than 10,000 students. He also served as a chaplain of the Dallas Cowboys football team from 1976-1984.

Rick Warren called Hendricks a "friend and mentor to so many of us" upon learn of his death.

Hendricks spoke at the Billy Graham conference center and at Promise Keepers rallies, and would tell those in attendance, "It's wonderful to be here with you, but I have a group of delicious students waiting for me back at the seminary."

Many of Hendricks' students went on to become even more well-known than he was. Among them: Tony Evans, David Jeremiah, Robert Jeffress, Erwin Lutzer and Chuck Swindoll.

Swindoll, who later became president and then chancellor of the Dallas Seminary, said Hendricks "is the one man who has had the greatest impact on my entire life. And there is no doubt in my mind that since the late 1950s to the present day, no other teacher at Dallas Seminary has been more influential to more of our graduates, or more magnetic to more potential students than Dr. Hendricks."

Hendricks leaves his wife Jeanne, four children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.