Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A Great Man's Great Life

Brother Randy Dale Kendrick 

Sunrise: December 12, 1946                                                            Sunset: November 29, 2011

A great man, a prankster, a man of God, a man of love, a noble friend to many. These qualities barely scratch the tip of the iceberg in describing what Brother Kendrick has meant to so many people. A testimony to how great this man really was, is that over one-hundred preachers showed up to his funeral from all around the world.

There was over 100 preachers that filled GBFPC's platform Friday morning for the funeral. 
He was a great man, and might I add a successful man, because he finished the race on fire for God. The story behind Brother Randy being a successful man is based on Brother I. H. Terry's response to this simple question: "Reverend this man seems to be a successful preacher, isn't he?". And Brother Terry gave some words of wisdom saying, "There are no successful preachers until they have died, living their whole life to the Lord". This was one of the stories shared by Brother Vaughn Morton, and we are all witnesses to the successful finish of this great man of God.

Elder Vaughn Morton had many things to highlight of Brother Kendrick's Life.

There were twelve speakers and one main speaker, that said a little something about what Brother Randy Kendrick meant to them, and I'm sure the other 87 preachers wanted to as well. 
Here's a few of the speakers:
Brother Kenny Kendrick. His brother.
"Randy didn't like to lose. I could
never beat him!"
Pastor Stephen Miraflor. Son in Law.
"He loved to pull pranks. If something
 didn't seem right look for Randy."

Pastor Larry Booker. Friend.
"He shot the moon!!! And he won!" 
You see. Brother Randy was losing so bad in some popular card game and Brother Booker was stoked that he 
was going to beat him for once, until Randy shot the moon. This meant that if Randy got dealt a hand kind of like a 
full house in the game of Yahtzee, then he would steal ALL the points from everyone and likely win the game. And 
he did just that. 

Pastor Ronnie Lawrence. Friend.
"Nope. He didn't like to lose and it
seems that he was first here too."
Pastor David Webb. Brother in Law.
"He was quite the prankster. But
being part of the family gives you an
in on a lot of things"

Elder Vaughn Morton
"This was one successful man!"

Pastor Tim Copeland. Friend
"Death does not mean the end of
this man. We'll see him again
Pastor Noe Trevino. Close friend
"He counted me as part of the family.
When we stayed in a hotel, he had
our names posted on the door. My
name was Noe Kendrick. Haha."
Brother Jonathan Kendrick. His Son.
"My dad did love to pull pranks.  Once he spent hours constructing an invisible fish line from the side wall, onto the ceiling and attached to the curtain. Then when my mother came in, he pulled the string and said. Honey there's an evil spirit in here! 'Oh, Randy stop it', was her response."

Brother Randy is a man that will surely be missed by many, many people. He was a man that was in love with truth, the One God message, and embraced his family and friends in his own special way. And it seems fitting to end with his favorite Bible passage of all, Psalm 51.

Psalm 51

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.
 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
 Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.

We will miss you Brother Randy.


  1. This was very well put. Thank you to whom ever put this together. Miss my Dad's fun ways already...

  2. Thank you so much for such a wonderful tribute to a wonderful husband, best friend, my pastor and dad and papa to my children. Thank you for your wonderful hospitality and making a difficult situation more bearable through your kindness.
    Sister Linda Kendrick