We don’t often find individuals who have spent as much time on the same job as Jack Howard. He has been in his current position for more than 42 years, but what makes his track record even more impressive is the nature of his calling — serving as a church pastor is demanding work.
The Rev. Howard is senior pastor of Full Gospel Family Worship Center in Denton, where he has remained since he founded the church back in 1970
Much has changed in the years since the church got its start, but members say that Howard’s loyalty, compassion and dedication have remained the same.
“He’s a loyal person,” deacon Ruby Nelson, an original member of the church, told us. “He’s very compassionate and kind. He tries to help people and do whatever he can to make sure people are OK. You couldn’t find a better person just because of the compassion.”
The church held a special program Sunday to honor Howard’s years of service and achievements. Church members said their appreciation service was an opportunity to let Howard know his work is valued and not forgotten and to celebrate his commitment to his church and the community.
Howard, 70, founded the Full Gospel Family Worship Center, once known as Full Gospel Church, with 20 members. The first church services were conducted in a rented feed store on Fort Worth Drive, and in 1974, the church moved to a location on Mockingbird Lane to accommodate its growing congregation.
Members say that Howard has served as a father figure to church youth, a mentor to young ministers and doesn’t attempt to “talk over people’s heads” while giving sermons.
“He’s very practical in his speaking [and] brings things down on the level that people can relate to,” Nelson said.
Howard also has helped people who were down on their luck get back on their feet through offering a clothing ministry and food pantry, and he’s the type of man who, on occasion, has cut his vacation short to visit and help a sick church member or the person’s family, members added.
The Rev. Don Pitts, who joined Jack Howard’s ministry more than 20 years ago, said he’s come to know Howard as a man with a heart for people, no matter whether they’re inside church walls or outside.
The fact that Howard has stayed so long in one position speaks highly of his commitment, Pitts said.
“He opens up his heart to people without prejudice,” Pitts said. “I’ve never seen him judge a single, solitary person.”
That’s the kind of recommendation we would all like to receive from a friend and co-worker, and we congratulate the Rev. Howard on many years of dedicated service to his church and community.