Retired pastor and author Roy Harthern died last week at 85 years old.
This Saturday Harthern's funeral will be held in the church he pastored during the 1970s: Calvary Assembly in Winter Park, Florida. During Harthern's pastorate the church grew from a small congregation of 260 members into a megachurch with more than 7,000 members, according to Charisma News.
Harthern popularized charismatic Christianity by founding Charisma magazine with the help of journalist Stephen Strang and starting TV station WGTL which Trinity Broadcasting Network purchased in 2006.
Harthern's daughter Suzanne married preacher Benny Hinn. With the assistance of Harthern's connections, Hinn launched a TV ministry and became one of the world's most famous televangelists.
Harthern authored the book Armageddon Ahead: An Easy to Understand Commentary on the Apocalypse and spoke about the end times on Hinn's TV program.
In 1989 Harthern was a passionate defender of televangelists Jim and Tammy Bakker. The Associated Press quoted Harthern as saying, "Tammy's concern is that Jim's constitutional rights are and have been violated."
Harthern grew up in a minister's home and played the piano at a crusade for charismatic evangelist Smith Wigglesworth. He tells this story in the following video:
In 1951 Harthern married Pauline and they had four children: Elizabeth, Leanne, Suzanne and Charles. Their only son Charles died in 1990 at the age of 34, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
- Followers told Baker mistreated - Associated Press
- Calvary Assembly of God History - Church website
- Roy Harthern Passes Away, Leaves Strong Legacy - Charisma News
- Roy Harthern Obituary - Tributes.com
- Orlando is Ours - TBN newsletter - November 2006
- Obituary: Charles Philip Harthern - Orlando Sentinel