Apostle Richard D. Henton, famed Chicago religious leader, dies

Apostle Richard D Henton of the Monument of Faith Church in Chicago, IL (Photo Source: RD Henton Ministries)
Apostle Richard D Henton of the Monument of Faith Church in Chicago (Photo source: RD Henton Ministries)

The city of Chicago has lost a true religious leader with the death of Apostle Richard D. Henton last week. Henton died at home surrounded by family and leaving a lasting legacy for the city of Chicago and his church, The Monument of Faith Church. Henton died on Oct. 22, 2015, at the age of 81.

Apostle Henton was called to preach at the age of 14 in 1948 and became an ordained minister at 16.  In 1964, he founded Monument of Faith Church in Chicago where he was born and raised. He preached the Gospel of Christ for 66 years and his church grew to approximately 5,000 members. He was well loved by many, including Bishop T.D. Jakes, Evangelist Juanita Bynum and others in the ministry. Henton had a television ministry that was carried at one time by 633 TV stations.

When he was asked about his inspiration, Henton was quoted as saying, “When God called me to preach it was something I wanted to do. If the Lord called  you to preach, preach but if he didn’t, then go sit down. If he called you to sing, then sing, but if he didn’t, then go sit down. If he called you to teach, go teach, but if he didn’t, then go sit down. We have too many people doing what they weren’t called to do. I was called to do what was in my spirit to do and I thank God that I listened and that I’ve been fortunate to do his work.”

Memorial and funeral services are as follows:

  • On Friday, Oct. 30, 2015,  from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. there will be a viewing of Apostle Henton at Monument of Faith Church located at 2750 W. Columbus Ave., Chicago, Illinois. This will be followed a local funeral service.
  • On Saturday, October 31, 2015, a state funeral will be held at 10 a.m. at The House of Hope, located at 752 E. 114th St., Chicago, Illinois.
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