Jack Hayford serves as Chancellor of The Kings University (formerly The King’s College and Seminary) in Los Angeles and Dallas, which he founded in 1997. From 2004 to 2009, he also served as President of The International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. He is probably best known, however, as “Pastor Jack,” founding pastor of The Church On The Way in Van Nuys, California, where he served as senior pastor for more than three decades. A prolific and best-selling writer, Pastor Hayford is the author (or co-author) of more than fifty books and has composed 500 hymns and choruses, including the internationally known and widely recorded “Majesty.”
He is an acknowledged “bridge-builder,” helping to forge healthy bonds among all segments of the Body of Christ. He is recognized for his balance in preaching the Word, avoiding extremes while not diluting or compromising the demands of truth. Pastor Jack’s heart to bring unity across all denominational and racial boundaries has given him an open door to minister in all kinds of settings.
On March 8, 2017, Pastor Jack’s wife of more than 60 years, Anna Hayford, passed away and peacefully stepped into the presence of the Lord at the age of 83, with Pastor Jack by her side. Together, they had four children, eleven grandchildren, and a growing number of great children.
Today, Dr. Hayford and his new wife, Valarie, reside in Van Nuys, California.