Anna Hayford, wife of retired senior pastor, worship leader and songwriter Jack Hayford, passed away on Wednesday (March 8). She was 83 years old. Hayford was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer nearly a year ago, but spent the rest of her time on earth surrounded by her family and full of hope.
"Our hearts have been focused on, and in the grip of, the 'peace that passes understanding,'" her husband Jack Hayford said in a statement after learning about her diagnosis. "We are asking for continued prayer support-looking unto the Lord for miracle grace and sustaining peace-spirit, soul, and body."
"Anna Hayford is with the Lord. Early in the morning on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 Anna Hayford peacefully stepped into the presence of the Lord while her husband, Jack Hayford, sat by her side," the Van Nuys, California, church announced.
"Nearly a year ago, as Anna was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer, the family began seeking the Lord for His direction for treatment. Believing and contending for healing, while pursuing the best of medical care, Anna has lived this last year without pain, and in peace that her future - her eternity - was fully in the Lord's hands. Today the family stands at peace that her healing was accomplished through the shed blood of our Savior, Jesus Christ, as He took hold of Anna's hand and ushered her into eternity."
Anna Hayford served as a co-pastor with Jack Hayford at The Church on the Way with her husband for 31 years . The church grew to a membership of 10,000.
Jack Hayford was also the fourth President of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. He is widely known for his past involvement in the Promise Keepers movement and for being a prolific author and songwriter, with over 600 hymns and choruses in his catalog. He is the author of the popular 1978 hymn "Majesty", which is rated as one of the top 100 contemporary hymns, performed and sung in churches worldwide