TRIBUTE FROM A FELLOW EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Over four decades ago, a young adult man from Wallaceburg, Ont., made a crucial decision. He decided to do a 180 and completely commit himself to the lordship of Jesus. The kingdom fruit of that decision in the life of David Hazzard is what we thank our
Lord for, as, with grief, yet with resurrection hope, we say a temporary goodbye to our friend and colleague.
Susan and I had wonderful seasons of sharing life together with David and Stacey. We first met them when David and I served as youth pastors in the Western Ontario District in the early 1980s, and eventually they became our pastors in Edmonton while we
served in the Alberta District. What a pastor! It was in that context that our young families meshed in a lifelong bond. My entire family is in deep mourning at this time.
Through our shared journey of leadership at the International Office, including these past 13 years as fellow executive officers along with Murray, I have revelled in having David at our side. He was a man of wisdom, humour, empathy, generosity, integrity,
accountability, scriptural knowledge and depth, impartiality, grace, and truth. He had gifts of faith, took personal interest in others, and was a champion to many. He was an example of love for Stacey, his family, the Church, and those yet to know
life in Jesus. Oh, what a legacy he leaves—kingdom fruit.
All this was possible because what he valued more than anything at all, even as his death drew near, was that our Lord had shown him as a young man amazing grace, great mercy, spiritual freedom, and empowered him by the Spirit to be who he was called
to be. David’s worship, his humility, and his faith in a loving, living God will stick with me until the day I die.
Thank you, Jesus, for placing David Hazzard in our lives and in our Fellowship.
David and Susan Wells
The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada
(left to right, David Wells-General Superintendent, David Hazzard-General Secretary Treasurer, Murray Cornelius-Executive Director for International Missions, Executive Officers of The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada, General Conference 2018)