Tomorrow night we will celebrate the life of Pastor Wendell Smith.
…for those of us, not able to be in Seattle, the service will be streamed on line at:
Pastor Wendell Smith is a child hood hero of mine. A personal friend of our family since I was a little kid. He lived this life as an example of the best kind of person – when life was at its best and when life was at its worst. Previously, I mentioned a couple of the ways he impacted me.
Pastor Wendell lived his life for Jesus. He lived his life serving people. He lived his life out loud. He lived his life on purpose.
For Rebecca and I, our prayers go out to the entire City Church family. We’ve been praying for Pastor Wendell’s family: Pastor Gini Smith – Pastors Judah & Chelsea Smith and Pastors Benny & Wendy Perez. The family would love to hear any memories you have of Pastor Wendell. You can post them at this web site: pastorwendell.org
(please click on the link above)
Pastor Wendell wrote a number of songs and books. Here’s a few books that had an impact on me:
If you haven’t already heard his talk, “We Can Do This”. It’s a must!
Possibly my all time favorite is, “The Glorious Church”! If you are a church leader, or hoping to become one, please take the time to listen to this.
We know that passing the faith, in Jesus, from one generation to the next was a dream that Pastor Wendell worked toward. Here’s a picture of Pastor Judah, his son, holding his hand at the end. It’s easy to see that he was successful! …you can learn more at the city.org or using a web search regarding the church and family members listed above.
I look forward to greeting him personally to say my thank you for his impact on my life. Thank you Pastor Wendell for your example, your life choices, your vote of confidence and gift for our church plant, and the legacy you leave us. Thank you for pulling together a great team in P. Aaron Haskins, P. Barbara Wright, P. Jude Fourquier, and my big brother Steve Carpenter.
Thank you for living for Jesus. Thank you for choosing to live for a cause bigger than you. Thank you for taking risks. Thank you for a relentless focus on lost souls.
The Seattle Times did a great obit worth reading. Here’s a short excerpt:
Pastor Wendell Smith could draw thousands to his church on weekends, yet he also delighted in talking one on one about everyday life with church members.
As busy as he was founding, building and colead-pastoring The City Church, one of the area’s largest churches, he also always protected his time with his family.
That mix of the charismatic and humble, the preacher and the family man, is among the things Pastor Smith is being remembered for. After a six-year battle with cancer, he died Sunday at age 60, at a hospital in Las Vegas, surrounded by family and friends.
“My dad was my hero in every way,” said Pastor Judah Smith, Pastor Wendell Smith’s son and the current co-lead pastor of The City Church.
His father had “an incredible sense of humor and a pretty amazing ability to encourage people,” Judah Smith said. “He’d make them feel valuable and appreciated.” – Seattle Times Janet I. Tu