Famed Mentor Howard Hendricks Dead at 88

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A mentor and friend to many at Dallas Theological Seminary, Hendricks battled Alzheimer's Disease.

Howard G. Hendricks, longtime professor and mentor to many at Dallas Theological Seminary, went on to heaven on Wednesday morning after a fight with Alzheimer’s Disease. He was 88.

Hendricks had a 60-year legacy in the evangelical community and at DTS, authoring 18 books and preaching around the world. But Hendricks was probably best known for his influence on other prominent Christian leaders as a mentor, including Chuck Swindoll, Tony Evans, David Jeremiah and Jospeh Stowell. He also worked as a chaplain for the Dallas Cowboys for eight years and was a regular speaker at Promise Keeper events.

Hendricks, known affectionately and simply as “Prof,” was the subject of a heartwarming dedication on the DTS website, which said “the combined ministries of just eight of his former students, a veritable Who’s Who of Evangelical Christians, reach close to 30,000 people in the pews every week.”

Twitter was alive this morning with quotes from Hendricks and video posts of his teaching. Some of the quotes:

  • “You can impress people from a distance but you can impact them only up close.”
  • “The more sensitive you become toward sin, the more aware you’ll be for the need of godliness and holiness.”
  • “The measure of you as a leader is not what you do, but what others do because of what you do.”
  • “You teach what you know but you reproduce what you are.”
  • “People tell me they want to make the Bible relevant. The Bible’s already relevant. You’re the one that’s irrelevant!”



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  • Steve Bristol

    Dr. Hendricks was one of my favorite mentors from afar. His influence through his books, media, messages, seminary instruction, and personal mentoring relationships is immeasurable. He will be greatly missed. “May his tribe increase.”

  • Joaquin

    Howard Hendricks, one of the great teachers at Dallas Seminary, one of his greatest quotes:
    “As a teacher, if you’re not learning from your students, your probably not teaching them”

  • Rick Weidman

    The Christian community has lost one of its spiritual giants! His legacy lives on through his life, his example and the many lives he touched, including mine. Dr. Hendricks, congratulations on your promotion to GLORY…..I know you have heard the words that we all want to hear, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant”.


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