Adventist Television Pioneer Henry Feyerabend Dies at 75
One of Canada’s best known religious leaders, Pastor Henry Feyerabend, Speaker Emeritus of the It Is Written and Está Escrito weekly telecasts in Canada, lost his six-year battle with cancer.
By Glenn Aufderhar, retired manager of It Is Written
One of Canada’s best known religious leaders, Pastor Henry Feyerabend, Speaker Emeritus of the It Is Written and Está Escrito weekly telecasts in Canada, lost his six-year battle with cancer on Tuesday, Dec. 12.
Feyerabend started the Destiny telecast in English, which ran for 20 years until it was merged with It Is Written Canada, where he continued as speaker/director through 2000. In 1972 he launched Está Escrito in Portuguese, which continues to air on OMNI TV cable 4 in Toronto.
Feyerabend wrote and produced more than 850 episodes for television in both English and Portuguese. By satellite he has shared the gospel with throngs numbering close to half a million on a single night.
Feyerabend didn’t get a chance to complete his latest of more than 40 books, but his courage and joy in the face of pain and loss has inspired millions to look toward the ultimate cure with hope. In the last years of his illness, he published four books. His fifth will be published posthumously.
An example of his courage and stamina were especially evident following his leg amputation due to sarcoma. The day after Feyerabend’s release from the hospital in Toronto, he flew to Calgary to preach. Though he had great appreciation for science and medicine, there was never a doubt in his mind that the real solution to the tragedy of cancer, pollution, crime and war will come with the soon return of Jesus Christ.
Feyerabend’s ministry included 11 years of mission service in Brazil where in 1962 he organized and sang first tenor in the Arautos do Rei (The King’s Heralds) male quartet heard across Brazil on the nation’s number one religious broadcast at the time, Voz da Profecia (The Voice of Prophecy).
While serving as speaker/director for It Is Written Canada, Feyerabend was a mentor to Pastor Shawn Boonstra, who is now speaker/director for It Is Written International Television. “I was privileged to have shared a pulpit with Pastor Feyerabend, who touched my life with his ministry and his friendship,” said Boonstra. “I look forward to the day we will meet once again—this time at the feet of Jesus.”
From childhood, Feyerabend’s interests included technology, music and preaching. He built his first radio crystal set while still in elementary school in Waldheim, Saskatchewan. He wired and created his first professional audio recording studio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, while serving as the music director for the radio ministry there. Later he created TV studios in Toronto and London, Ontario. Technology for Feyerabend was always a means to an end. The purpose was to let others know the good news of God’s love as seen in the life and person of Jesus Christ.
Memorial services will be held in two places: On Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006 at 2 p.m. in the College Park Seventh-day Adventist Church (1164 King Street East, Oshawa, Ontario). The second service will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2006 in the Zoar Mennonite Church (4009 Second Avenue East, Waldheim, Saskatchewan). Feyerabend will be interred in the family plot in the Waldheim Cemetery near his childhood home.
Norhtcott Elliott Funeral Home, of Bowmanville, Ontario, is handling the arrangements in Oshawa; and Funks Funeral Home in Rosthern, Saskatchewan, will care for the service in Waldheim.
Feyerabend is survived by his wife of 53 years, Emma (Martin) Feyerabend, originally of Regina, Saskatchewan; and one daughter, Judy Feyerabend, of Elliot Lake, Ontario.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be sent to the It Is Written Ministry, P. O. Box 2010, Oshawa, ON L1H 7V4.
Date published: December 13, 2006