Emil Jason Hendricks, named for his paternal grandfathers, was a charismatic, handsome man of 48 years. He was married with three children and he became a pastor in his late 20s after finding Jesus in a wrecked, filthy disaster of a subway. He never beautified his path to God in sermons or in interviews; he felt there was no need to lie about what happened to him. From there, he worked his way up the ranks of ministry, building a cadre of loyal followers who were devoted to helping him spread his word of faith and forgiveness. In spite of accumulating a measure of wealth, Emil remained as humble as he could. He still lived in the house where he and his wife raised their children—with added security, of course. He drove a modest sedan and wore the nicest clothes that the rack had to offer. He lived his principles and gave back to God 10% and then some.
People liked Emil because he was an honest, self-effacing man. For the most part, it was these qualities that helped his ministry to grow into a spiritual powerhouse that reached millions. Community leaders and businessmen sought his guidance on all kinds of matters and his affiliations were nothing but positive. Every few years, he did a worldwide tour that grew his ministry by the thousands and ten thousands. He never let his success go to his head because he remembered all too vividly the chain of events that led him to the Lord and if he could reach others as he had been so touched, that was enough to satisfy him.