American Hero Dr. Jack Hyles

September 25, 1926—February 6, 2001

Jack Hyles began preaching at the age of 19 and pastored for 54 years. These pastorates include churches that varied in membership from 44 to over 100,000.  All of these pastorates, other than First Baptist Church, were in the state of Texas: first, Marris Chapel Baptist Church of Bogata, Texas; then to Grange Hall Baptist Church in Marshall, Texas; from there to Southside Baptist Church of Henderson, Texas; and then to Miller Road Baptist Church of Garland, Texas. 

Brother Hyles pastored Miller Road Baptist Church for approximately 7 years and saw this church, with the Lord's help, grow from a membership of 44 to over 4,000. It was from Miller Road Baptist Church that he was called to First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana.Pastor Jack Hyles, 1926-2001

Dr. Hyles was Pastor of First Baptist Church from August, 1959 to February, 2001. This church has a membership of over 100,000 and averaged 10,000 baptisms per year for the last five years of his ministry. For many years, the church has been acclaimed to have the "World's Largest Sunday School." During Dr. Hyles' ministry, First Baptist Church increased in property value from $70,000 to over $70,000,000.

Besides his position as Pastor, Dr. Hyles was Founder and Chancellor of Hyles-Anderson College and Superintendent of Hammond Baptist Schools, which enrolled approximately 4,000 students last year. The doors of Hyles-Anderson College opened in 1972, and Dr. Hyles led in the training of over 1,000 pastors and missionaries currently serving in the United States and on foreign fields. The First Baptist Church also owns and operates a rescue mission and cemetery, both of which along with the schools, are located within 20 miles of the church.

Dr. Hyles is the author of 49 books and pamphlets. Many of his sermons are available on audio and video tape. Dr. Hyles' experience covers numerous evangelistic campaigns, Bible conferences, et cetera. He preached in virtually every state of the Union and in many foreign countries. He hosted 37 annual Pastors' Schools, which have attracted thousands of preachers from all over the world.

John 11:6, “There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.”

Pastor Jack Hyles was led by God to pastor a little church on the outskirts of Chicago in 1959. That church is the great First Baptist Church Of Hammond, Indiana (hereafter referred to as, FBCH). At the time Brother Hyles came to Hammond in 1959 (prior to the jet-age becoming mainstream) the area had a booming economy, as did many cities up and down the Lake of Michigan travel routes (the history of the early 20th century is fascinating).

I've seen photos of men cutting blocks of ice from Lake Michigan in Chicago during the winter, to be hauled by horse-and-cart to people's homes to keep the ice-box cold. They didn't call them “refrigerators” back then. They were boxes that used a big block of ice on the bottom to cool foods., Can you imagine? That was less than 100 years ago. God is amazing!

God used Pastor Hyles to build “The World's Largest Sunday School” (which was in the Guinness world book of records) with over 25,000 people attending every Sunday. Hundreds of buses replaced the old-time horses and wagons of Dwight L. Moody's time. Jack Hyles literally was a modern-day D.L. Moody (1837-1899), concerned about the souls of little boys and girls (many who lived in utter poverty throughout the Chicago area).

If you'll just listen to Pastor Hyles' sermons and read his books, you'll be blessed and God will change your life, I assure you. Here's a brief quote from Dr. Hyles' book, TEACHING ON PREACHING...

"I can relate to little Johnny. The first toy I ever owned the church gave to me. The first hamburger l ever ate was bought for me by the church. The first balloon I ever blew up I got at church. I know!

I will never forget the day that I walked into the Fernwood Baptist Church as a five-year-old lad. The Beginner Superintendent whose name was Mrs. Bethel, took me to the Beginner Department. She put me on her knee. My little bare feet were obvious. My knees were showing through the holes and through the patches of my pants. I had on a little white T-shirt, and I noticed that all the other little boys and girls had on shoes and the boys had white shirts and ties.

Mrs. Bethel put me on her knee. She said, "Boys and girls, we have a visitor this morning. His name is Jackie-boy Hyles. Aren't we glad to have him?" Nobody said a word. Then Mrs. Bethel looked at me and said, "Jackie-boy, Jesus loves you" I'll never forget how I felt! Mama had told me that, but nobody else had ever told me! I looked up and said the first words that I had said that morning. I asked, "Mrs. Bethel, does Jesus love me as much as He loves the little boys and girls that have on shoes?"

A tear escaped her eye and invaded my brow as she said, "Jackie-boy, He probably loves you more than He loves anybody here this morning." The joy of Heaven flooded my soul as I heard my teacher tell me that Jesus loved me.

There are millions of little Jackie-boys all over America who need to be contacted and brought to church, to sit in a pew and look up and see a man of God walk to the pulpit who has compassion which makes a difference."

SOURCE: Compassion in Preaching -by Pastor Jack Hyles

There's a lot of wonderful things that people don't know about Pastor Jack Hyles (1926-2001). I had the privilege of attended Hyles-Anderson College between 1985-1993. Many young people around the world could only dream of having had such an opportunity to attend Bible college under the ministry of the great Dr. Jack Hyles. Brother Hyles was great in that he proclaimed a great Gospel, and he walked with a great God and had a great God. The Lord Jesus Christ built a great work through Pastor Jack Hyles between 1959 and 2001 when Pastor Hyles went home to be with the Lord. Thank God for Pastor Jack Hyles, the mightiest preacher of the 20th century!

There were many affluent members (millionaires) from the business community who were members of FBCH in 1959. For the first year Pastor Hyles only preached on Jesus. Each Sunday he preached a different theme about Christ (Jesus the Rose of Sharon, Jesus the Lamb of God, Jesus the Great Physician, and so forth). Dr. Hyles wanted his congregation to come to know who Jesus was before beginning to preach on Biblical standards of separation, such as prohibiting mixed bathing between the sexes. It was after one year that Pastor Hyles started preaching on standards and separation. As expected, some of the wealthy people in the church didn't like Pastor Hyles' Biblical preaching. Pastor Hyles was threatened, shot at, someone tried to burn his home down, someone did burn the church down! Seven millionaires quit the church. Anybody who questions Pastor Hyles financial integrity doesn't know what they're talking about. Brother Hyles' preaching drove away all the big shots, wealthy snobs and self-righteous crowd. And amen to that!

Right is right even if no one is doing it, and wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it. Don't forget that! We are living in a wicked generation that calls evil good and good evil. The Bible speaks of this paradox of the sinful human nature. Isaiah 5:20, “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”

There wouldn't be so many non-church goers if there were not so many non-going churches. —“Billy” Sunday

SOURCE: William T. Ellis,  “BILLY SUNDAY: THE MAN AND HIS MESSAGE,” p.123; Moody Press, ©1959; ISBN: 0-8024-0042-6.

Jack Hyles began preaching at the age of 19 and pastored for 54 years. These pastorates include churches that varied in membership from 44 to over 100,000. All of these pastorates, other than First Baptist Church, were in the state of Texas: first, Marris Chapel Baptist Church of Bogata, Texas; then to Grange Hall Baptist Church in Marshall, Texas; from there to Southside Baptist Church of Henderson, Texas; and then to Miller Road Baptist Church of Garland, Texas. He pastored Miller Road Baptist Church for approximately 7 years and saw this church, with the Lord's help, grow from a membership of 44 to over 4,000. It was from Miller Road Baptist Church that he was called to First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana.

A prophet to his own generation was Mr. Sunday. In the speech of the day he arraigned the sins of the day and sought to satisfy the needs of the day. A man singularly free and fearless, he applied the Gospel to the conditions of the moment. Knowing life on various levels, he preached with a definiteness and an appropriateness that echoed the prophet Nathan's “Thou art the man.” By the very structure of “Billy” Sunday's mentality it was made difficult for him to be abstract. He had to deal definitely with concrete sins. —“Billy” Sunday

SOURCE: William T. Ellis,  “BILLY SUNDAY: THE MAN AND HIS MESSAGE,” p. 123; Moody Press, ©1959; ISBN: 0-8024-0042-6.

Dr. Hyles was Pastor of First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana, from August 1959 to February 2001. This church had a membership of over 100,000 and averaged 10,000 baptisms per year for the last five years of his ministry. For many years, the church has been acclaimed to have the “World's Largest Sunday School.” During Dr. Hyles' ministry, First Baptist Church increased in property value from $70,000 to over $70,000,000.

William T. Ellis says in his biography of Billy Sunday (1863-1935):

Sunday seemed to have recovered some of the prophet's lost art of denunciation. He dared call sin by its proper name. He excoriated the hypocrite. He cared not for feelings of the unfaithful preacher or of the double-living church member. As for the Devil and all his lieutenants, Sunday had for them a sizzling, blistering vocabulary that helped men to loathe sin. His uncompromising attitude is shown by this culled from one of his sermons: “They say to me, 'Bill, you rub the fur the wrong way.' I don't; let the cats turn 'round.”

SOURCE: William T. Ellis,  “BILLY SUNDAY: THE MAN AND HIS MESSAGE,” p. 59; Moody Press, ©1959; ISBN: 0-8024-0042-6.

As a preacher, Dr. Hyles was much like Billy Sunday, and we need a bunch more! It's no wonder why people fall asleep in today's dead churches, where preachers deliver dry sermons and don't really preach. That wasn't Brother Hyles, you stayed awake! Brother Lester Roloff once said, “The great need of the hour is preaching preachers!”

There is a tremendous military advantage in having a definite enemy. The sermons that are aimed at nothing generally hit it. —“Billy” Sunday

SOURCE: William T. Ellis,  “BILLY SUNDAY: THE MAN AND HIS MESSAGE,” p. 62; Moody Press, ©1959; ISBN: 0-8024-0042-6.

Someone once asked Charles H. Spurgeon what should be done about people who sleep during the sermon. Spurgeon replied, “WAKE THE PREACHER UP!” Oh how America today needs fervent preachers like Billy Sunday, Lester Roloff and Jack Hyles!

Concerning Billy Sunday, William T. Ellis eloquently states:

The volume of testimony of all the men who heard him—preachers, professors and purists—was that his addresses which seemed shocking when reported were not shocking when heard.

On the public square in Scranton a great sign was displayed by the local committee:

BE FAIR! DON'T JUDGE “BILLY” SUNDAY UNTIL YOU HAVE HEARD HIM YOURSELF.
NO REPORT, VERBAL OR PRINTED, CAN DO HIM PERFECT JUSTICE.

One Scranton businessman put it this way: “Type is cold; his sermons are hot.”

Sunday spoke with his eyes, his gestures and with every muscle of his body; and all this must be taken into account. Assuredly his message in its totality did not shock anybody. This is why preachers sat through his arraignment of a deficient church and ministry and applauded him. They found in his severest utterances a substantial volume of undoubted truth.

SOURCE: William T. Ellis,  “BILLY SUNDAY: THE MAN AND HIS MESSAGE,” p. 60; Moody Press, ©1959; ISBN: 0-8024-0042-6.

You could just as easily put Dr. Jack Hyles' name in place of Billy Sunday's in the previous quote. So many people go by the negative things they read online, who have never heard Jack Hyles personally, and don't see the totality of his public addresses. Dr. Hyles spoke with his eyes, with his gestures, and every muscle in his body, just like Billy Sunday when he preached. Thank God for Billy Sunday and Jack Hyles!!!

William T. Ellis writes concerning “BILLY” SUNDAY...

Now a pastor would find it difficult to approach, in the ruthless and reckless fashion of “Billy” Sunday, the shortcomings of his members and neighbours. He has to live with his congregation, year in and year out; but the evangelist is as irresponsible as John the Baptist on the banks of the Jordan. He has no affiliations to consider and no consequences to fear, except the kingdom's welfare. His only concern is for the truth and applicability of his message. He is perfectly heedless about offending hearers. Well-meaning persons who compare “Billy” Sunday with the average pastor should bear this in mind. —“Billy” Sunday

SOURCE: William T. Ellis,  “BILLY SUNDAY: THE MAN AND HIS MESSAGE,” p. 123-124; Moody Press, ©1959; ISBN: 0-8024-0042-6.

Besides his position as Pastor, Dr. Hyles was Founder and Chancellor of Hyles-Anderson College and Superintendent of Hammond Baptist Schools, which enrolled approximately 4,000 students a year. The doors of Hyles-Anderson College opened in 1972, and Dr. Hyles led in the training of over 1,000 pastors and missionaries currently serving in the United States and on foreign fields (including little ole me). The First Baptist Church also owns and operates a rescue mission and cemetery, both of which along with the schools, are located within 20 miles of the church.

Brother Hyles pulled-no-punches (held nothing back) and uncompromisingly said it like it is! ...

I am preaching for the age in which I live. I am just recasting my vocabulary to suit the people of my age instead of Joshua's age. —“Billy” Sunday

SOURCE: William T. Ellis,  “BILLY SUNDAY: THE MAN AND HIS MESSAGE,” p. 61; Moody Press, ©1959; ISBN: 0-8024-0042-6.

Dr. Hyles is the author of 49 books and pamphlets. Many of his sermons are available on audio and video tape. Dr. Hyles' experience covers numerous evangelistic campaigns, Bible conferences, etc. He preached in virtually every state of the Union and in many foreign countries. He hosted 37 annual Pastors' Schools, which have attracted thousands of preachers from all over the world.

Thank God for Pastor Jack Hyles and First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana. Most of all, thank you Lord Jesus for all His undeserved blessings on us, for the inspired King James Bible and for dying on the cross for our sins. Amen and amen! END

Dr. Jack Hyles and Brother Lester Roloff

“I must have every Word if I speak His message. If I didn't think I had a perfect Bible I'd close this one, walk out that door, I'd never walk in the pulpit again.” Dr. Jack Hyles

Dr. Jack Hyles (1926-2001) believed that the King James Bible is inspired. The following quote is taken from his book, The Need for an Every-Word Bible, page 54...

“I'm tired of colleges and universities advertising that they use the King James Bible. Tell the whole story! Tell everyone that you do not believe that it is inspired word for word.” —Dr. Jack Hyles


Dr. John R. Rice and Brother Hyles

“I've been preaching a long time, and I've watched a lot of things happen. To me the saddest thing that I've watched in my life, apart from my own country going to the Devil nearly, has been the change of preachers and churches. I find myself amazed and stunned with near disbelief, as I see men who once stood who don't stand anymore ... I know every week I cry some, I mean cry, I mean tear cry, because of preachers who are turning.”

SOURCE: Pastor Jack Hyles, from the 1972 sermon titled, I SHALL NOT BE MOVED


It is not necessary to be in a big place to do big things. —“Billy” Sunday

SOURCE: William T. Ellis,  “BILLY SUNDAY: THE MAN AND HIS MESSAGE,” p. 36; Moody Press, ©1959; ISBN: 0-8024-0042-6.

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Faith is the beginning of something of which you can't see the end but in which you believe. —“Billy” Sunday

SOURCE: William T. Ellis,  “BILLY SUNDAY: THE MAN AND HIS MESSAGE,” p. 44; Moody Press, ©1959; ISBN: 0-8024-0042-6.


Here's a wonderful MP3 sermon clip from Dr. Hyles' sermon, THE ONE AND ONLY YOU. Here's a quote from the sermon...

“Do you know why God made you? God didn't make you to be a great preacher. God didn't make you to be a great singer, or a great teacher, or a great educator. God made you to need Him!
SOURCE: Dr. Jack Hyles (from the sermon, 'THE ONE AND ONLY YOU')

Dr. Jack Hyles on the King James Bible

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