In Memoriam: ‘Pastor to Pastors’ H. B. London, Jr.

H. B. LondonThe Reverend H.B. London Jr. passed away October 16 at his home in Palm Desert, California, after a long battle with cancer. He was 81.

A fourth-generation minister, London spent 31 years in the pulpit as a local pastor in the Church of the Nazarene, serving congregations in Oregon and California.  In 1991, Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, invited London to begin a “second career” and join the organization in Colorado Springs to create a “to-be-defined” outreach to clergy families.  Within a few months, London was cultivating an unprecedented role as “pastor to pastors,” which he has tirelessly filled ever since, even amidst his recent health struggles, according to Focus’ current president, Jim Daly.

“Our feelings are conflicted because, on the one hand, we rejoice that H.B. is now with our Lord and Savior – experiencing first-hand the indescribable joy of heaven that he has told so many people about during 60+ years of impeccable ministry.  On the other hand, H.B.’s passing leaves a uniquely-shaped hole in our hearts, because we have lost a beloved friend and brother,” Daly wrote in his blog.

“Very few people have had the wide-ranging impact that H.B. London has exercised,” he added. “I’ve said many times that there’s virtually no way to calculate H.B.’s contribution to Focus on the Family, to the lives of the clergy families he has served, and to me personally.”

Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1936, London graduated from Pasadena College (now called Point Loma Nazarene University) and Nazarene Theological Seminary.  He married his wife, Beverley, in August 1957.

According to Focus on the Family, London spent 20 years with the organization, “retiring” in June 2011.  For the past seven years, London has served as Senior Pastor of Friendship Church in Palm Desert, while also maintaining a traveling/speaking schedule when possible. 

In addition to his wife of 61 years, London is survived by sons Brad and Bryan, their wives, and four grandchildren.

By NRB Staff

Published: October 25, 2018

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