Worth Hodgin, who was my pastor for a few years at the old Squaw Peak Covenant Church in Phoenix, died a week ago.
Worth was a terrific leader with a loving heart — and was unwavering when facing a challenge.
His ministry was characterized by taking on challenging situations. I do remember Worth offending a few people who needed to be offended. But I also remember his patience with me. I know that a few superintendents considered him to be a “go to man.”
Worth was a forward thinker and in many ways years ahead of his time in offering creative solutions and a more holistic approach to ministry. He understood better than most that racial reconciliation is inseparable from the gospel.
He could spin a good yarn, too -- including some stories revolving around his friendship with Jackie Robinson.
Praise God for his life and ministry.