Decision (Magazine)

Jack W. Hayford

Jack Williams Hayford (b. June 25, 1934, Los Angeles, California) is the president of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel.

In 1954, he married Anna Smith, and together they now have four children and eleven grandchildren. He graduated from L. I. F. E. Bible College in 1956 and from Azusa Pacific University in 1970. During that time, in 1969, he began pastoring a small congregation, the First Foursquare Church of Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California. This congregation of 19 people has since become known as The Church On The Way, one of the largest churches in Southern California. Hayford has been the president of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel since October 1, 2004.

Hayford is also widely known for his involvement in the Promise Keepers movement, his role as founder and chancellor of The King's College and Seminary, initiator of the Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem and for his some four-dozen books and 600 hymns and choruses.

He is the author of the hymn "Majesty," which has proved extremely popular in churches worldwide since it was written in 1978.


  • Pastor of the Year Angel Award (1985)
  • Religious Heritage of America’s California Community Award (1988)
  • Alumnus of the Year, Azusa Pacific University (1997)
  • Devries Award, MusiCalifornia (1998)
  • World Changers Award for Lifetime Achievement (with Anna), Foursquare Women International (1998)
  • Gold Medallion (from Evangelical Publishers Association, for Spirit-Filled Study Guides)
  • Gold Medallion Nomination (for book, Moments With Majesty)
  • Clergyman of the Year
  • Winner of Billy Graham Association’s Decision Magazine Hymn Writer’s Competition, “We Lift Our Voice Rejoicing, “ being selected from more than 900 international entries
  • The Gospel Music Association’s Dove Award for his part in the album, “God With Us”

Published works

  • Newborn: Alive in Christ, the Savior (Living Way Ministries, 1984)
  • Stepping Up in Faith (Living Way Ministries, 1984)
  • Daybreak: Walking Daily in Christ's Presence (Living Way Ministries, 1984)
  • Spirit-Filled: Anointed by Christ the King (Living Way Ministries, 1984)
  • Rebuilding the Real You (Regal Books, 1986)
  • Early Flight: Healing Hope for Parents of the Stillborn, Miscarried or Aborted (Living Way Ministries, 1986)
  • Prayer Is Invading the Impossible (Ballantine Books, 1987)
  • Restoring Fallen Leaders (Regal Books, 1988)
  • Taking Hold of Tomorrow: Realizing God's Promise for a Bright and Hopeful Future (Regal Books, 1989)
  • I'll Hold You in Heaven: Healings and Hope for the Parent of a Miscarried, Aborted, or Stillborn Child (Regal Books, 1990)
  • The gifts of the spirit (Creation House, 1992)
  • A Man's Starting Place (Living Way Ministries, 1992)
  • Living the Spirit Filled Life (Thomas Nelson, 1992)
  • The Heart of Praise: Daily Ways to Worship the Father with Psalms (Regal Books, 1992)
  • A Man's Confidence (Living Way Ministries, 1992)
  • A Man's Walk with God (Living Way Ministries, 1993)
  • A Man's Image & Identity (Living Way Ministries, 1993)
  • A Man's Integrity (Living Way Ministries, 1993)
  • A Man's Worship & Witness (Living Way Ministries, 1993)
  • The Power and Blessing (Victor Books, 1994)
  • Ten Steps Toward Saving America (Living Way Ministries, 1994)
  • The Mary Miracle (Regal Books, 1994)
  • The Way Demon Angels Trick, Trap, & Trample (Living Way Ministries, 1995)
  • Glorious Morning: An Invitation to Resurrection Praise (Multnomah, 1996)
  • Growing in the Holy Spirit: Letting the Holy Spirit Take You to New Heights in Your Relationship with God (Gospel Light Publications, 1996)
  • Loving Your City into the Kingdom: City-Reaching Strategies for a 21St-Century Revival (Regal Books, 1997)
  • Pastors of Promise: Pointing to Character and Hope As the Keys to Fruitful Shepherding (Regal Books, 1998)
  • Pastors of Passion (Gospel Light Publications, 1999)
  • The Christmas Miracle: Experience the Blessing (Regal Books, 1999)
  • Celebrate! Daily Devotions for the Spirit-Filled Life (Thomas Nelson, 1999)
  • Death unto Life; The Milton Ellithorpe Story (Living Way Ministries, 2000)
  • Worship His Majesty: How Praising the King of Kings Will Change Your Life (Gospel Light Publications, 2000)
  • The Uniqueness of Christ: Glimpses Into the Glories of Our Savior (Living Way Ministries, 2000)
  • The Finger of God (Living Way Ministries, 2000)
  • Living the Spirit Formed Life (Regal Books, 2001)
  • The Leading Edge : Keys to Sharpen Your Effectiveness As a Leader (Charisma House, 2001)
  • Blessing Your Children: How You Can Love the Kids in Your Life (Regal Books, 2002)
  • Grounds for Living (Chosen Books, 2003)
  • I'll Hold You in Heaven (Regal Books, 2003)
  • The Power of Praying Together: Where Two or More Are Gathered (Harvest House Publishers, 2003)
  • Worship (Biblical Truth Simply Explained) (Chosen Books, 2003)
  • The Trinity (Biblical Truth Simply Explained) (Chosen Books, 2003)
  • New Spirit-Filled Life Bible : Kingdom Equipping Through the Power of the Word (Nelson Bibles, 2004)
  • Fatal Attractions (Sexual Integrity) (Gospel Light Publications, 2004)
  • The Anatomy Of Seduction (Sexual Integrity) (Regal Books, 2004)
  • Living in the Kingdom (Spirit-Filled Life Study Guide Series) (Nelson Impact, 2005)
  • Life-Giving Leadership (Spirit-Filled Life Study Guide Series) (Nelson Impact, 2005)
  • Divine Visitor (Integrity Publishers, 2005)
  • Manifest Presence: Expecting A Visitation Of God's Grace Through Worship (Chosen Books, 2005)
  • Spirit-filled Life Bible For Students Growing In The Power Of The Word (Nelson Bibles, 2005)
  • The Heart of Praise: Worship After God's Own Heart (Regal Books, 1995)
  • Sex and the Single Soul: Guarding Your Heart and Mind in a World of Empty Promises (Sexual Integrity) (Regal Books, 2005)
  • The Charismatic Century : The Enduring Impact of the Azusa Street Revival (Warner Faith, 2006)

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