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ATLANTIS, Florida (AP) - The Rev. Rex Humbard, a former itinerant preacher whose televangelism ministry once reached more parts of the globe than any other religious program, has died, a family spokeswoman said. He was 88.

Humbard died Friday of natural causes at a South Florida hospital near his Lantana home, family spokeswoman Kathy Scott said.

"He was the ultimate role model in showing love and caring about other people over and above himself," grandson Rex Humbard III said.

The son of evangelists, Humbard evolved his ministry from revivals across the country to a permanent home in Akron, Ohio, and television. He realized the potential of the new medium in the early 1950s and became known to millions by the 1970s. But financial overreaching eventually eroded his organization.

As with his contemporaries Billy Graham and Oral Roberts, Humbard's ministry began to flourish in the post-World War II era.

"The vast majority of people do not go to church and the only way we can reach them is through TV," he said in his autobiographical book, "Miracles in My Life."

"We must go into their homes - into their hearts - to bring them the gospel of Jesus Christ."

His Sunday services were televised by 1953. He began with a renovated theater and eventually built the $4 million domed, 5,000-seat nondenominational Cathedral of Tomorrow, which included velvet drapes, a hydraulic stage and a cross covered with thousands of red, white and blue light bulbs.

His ministry eventually expanded to include a Mackinaw, Michigan, campus used for religious education and a 23-story Akron office tower.

The broadcast, also called "Cathedral of Tomorrow," developed into a mixture of preaching and music, with Humbard's wife, Maude Aimee, an accomplished gospel singer, and the Cathedral Quartet as regular performers. The Humbards' children also performed.

One of Humbard's admirers was Elvis Presley, who often sang gospel music himself. Humbard spoke at his funeral in 1977.

By 1970, Humbard's syndicated program appeared on more TV stations in America than any other program and eventually reached more than 600 stations, according to the 1999 reference work "Religious Leaders of America."

By 1979, the show was broadcast in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Far East, Australia and Latin America, giving it a worldwide reach greater than any of his competitors, the reference said.

However, mounting financial problems forced Humbard to leave one dream unfulfilled. Construction was never completed on a 750-foot (230-meter) broadcast tower in Ohio.

His ministry suffered from internal disputes and extensive borrowing. In the 1970s, federal and state regulators complained that millions of dollars in notes that he had issued to followers over the years violated securities laws.

Humbard eventually left in 1982 and the congregation dwindled, sometimes with as few as 75 people showing up.

But his career was never touched by the sort of scandals that engulfed the Rev. James Bakker and the Rev. Jimmy Swaggart in the 1980s. For a time, Humbard was one of the ministers who served on the board of Bakker's PTL organization as it tried to regroup after Bakker resigned in early 1987 amid a sex scandal.

Humbard became pastor emeritus of the church in 1983 and moved his family ministry to Boca Raton. He gave up his weekend on-air preaching in the 1990s.

He sold the Cathedral of Tomorrow to fellow televangelist the Rev. Ernest Angley in 1994.

Humbard is survived by his wife and their four children, Rex Jr., Don, Charles and Elizabeth.

Funeral services will be held in Akron, where he will be buried near his parents and sister.

Copyright © 2007 The Associated Press

Published in FloridaToday on Sep. 22, 2007.
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April 24, 2017
Dennis Edward Arnold. I use to watch Rev Rex Humbard on Cannel 6 Johnstown, Pa. in the 1960's. May God be with you.
Dennis Arnold
January 18, 2017
Valenda Newell
November 19, 2015
He's surely missed so much.God sure used Bro.Rex to get my attention when he preached on T.V. God bless all
Lynda Patrick
November 3, 2014
A very important part of my childhood. Listened every Sunday before getting ready for Church..
Kimberly Toler
July 26, 2014
Pastor humbard was true man of God. He will be truely missed. God Bless your family
Gia Largent
April 7, 2014
It is neither the beginning nor the end of the race that matters; but rather how faithfully you give it your all in between.

Thank you, Rex Humbard, for being faithful to The Calling...and for giving it your all.

--Though dead, you still speak.-- (Hebrews 11:4)
Joe Mattos
September 13, 2013
Thank you so much for the way you touched my life with your ministry when I was growing up. I used to listen to you every Sunday morning before I would go to church. God Bless the Humbard Family!!
Sharon Anderson
February 13, 2013
Ps Fay Menzies
I first started listening to Ps Rex Humbard in the early seventies here in Australia north west Queensland.his Ministry to those who tuned in was Prophectic ,Solid.and refreshing sas well as His Salvation Teaching.I know of many who received the Lord as Saviour in their lounge rooms.I became a Prayer Member and for many years received answers to prayer from this Ministry.a kind and thoughtful pastor through the Humbard Ministry.
Fay Menzies
August 26, 2012
I will never forget something Rex said in one of his sermons on television in 1976. He said, "You might get what you want but you might not want what you get." He was referring to asking for the wrong things in life. I have never forgotten his words and they reflect on my life to this day 36 years later.
Patricia Bickford
May 27, 2012
I remember my mother listening to Rex Humbard as I was growing up. She passed away 1981. I wrote to Mr. Rex Humbard and told him what my twin sister and I were facing. We were only 16years old. He replied with a letter so touching and prayers. May God bless the family. He truly was a man of God. May God bless.
Deborah T
April 28, 2012
Jack and I @ The Great Wall of China with our host Bowan Wang.
I have just now come across this "Guest Book." We flew in for Rex's funeral in Akron back then. We have been good friends of the Humbards since 1974. Our fondest memories, were when they all moved to California. We would visit their homes, Jr.'s and Rex's up in Pacific Grove, several times. They would come and visit our home up in Lake Arrowhead. We adored them. Maude Aimee loved my husband Jack, so much. I can still hear her calling out to him, in her special and unique tone. I loved her her spunk, her wit. Witnessing her and Rex in conversation...was soo much fun. Memories of flying in their private jet to NYC. Rex introducing us, the Stemples, and his staff that was present, to the entire Madison Square Gardens in 1979. Johnny and June Cash were the guest singers. Maude Aimee loved and showed off a lot, the huge brass bed the Cashes gave her. Jack flew with them to Chili, to Rio. Those were grand days. We all (former staff) have remained close throughout the years. All of us deeply connected to the Ministry of The Humbards. They were the sweetest people and family we ever knew. Sooo many memories.
Maude Aimee keeping a Christmas tree up all year long. She had her private bathroom on their plane done in all mirrors, light switches, drawers and counters, and walls. It was so Maude Aimee, and I loved it. They had just moved into their Florida home, and boxes were open everywhere. It was so funny, Maude Aimee's phone rang, and we all went nuts, trying to find the phone for her, as it was buried. Wrapping paper was flying everywhere as we all scrambled to find it. I have many funny memories with them.
Rex's words and phrases, I have quoted all my life to my children, as I raised them, and now to my granddaughters. Rex will always live on. Maude Aimee, we love you sooo much. You are kept under His wing. God Bless all the Humbards. They know we love them all. I still use often....You Are Loved !! Rex's "branding" logo !!! So Rex and Maude Aimee....."You Are Loved." The best part of our lives...were when we were with you.
Annette Sheline
January 2, 2012
I had a desire to go to the greensboro n.c. and hear Rex And i have never forgot the words he was given to speek .I wanted to share this with his love ones for God stured my heart and made a way for me to be in the mist and gave Rex the toung to reach into my heart thank god .
September 6, 2011
I Heard Rexon tv some years ago and cried many times as his preaching was truth and I was guilty as charged. He caused me to improve my way of living. I'll never forget him..GOD love. Fl
John Ferguson
August 28, 2011
I went to greensboro nc to hear brother rex and i want the family to know he will always be in my heart. i feel his cup was filled and his calling was as God had ordained it to be .thanks be to God that i was allowered to have been in rex present Paul Brim 336 229 1243 and i hope if there is a need i will be bless to have the meanes to help his familey
July 25, 2011
goodbye rex...and thanks.
james sperbeck
July 6, 2011
June 17, 2011
I remember my late grandmother use to watch you all the time ... therefore I got to watch you when I visited her as a young child and early teen.. I miss you Rex ... I hear your ministers use to minister to those in the Portage Trail Village apts where I am now blessed to live and my wanna be Pastor Rev. Ernest Angley now has bought your church and I get to live next to him... Hopefully when I die I get to come to heaven and meet you in person, I loved your ministry and singers on earth and I bet heaven is enjoying you now and forever.. God keep and bless the loved ones you left behind... and help all of them get to heaven someday

Kathleen D. Jarvis
April 24, 2011
As a pastor, i can say that it is good people like Rex Humbard that helps promote the right spirit in the progress of christianity. His memory and work will take its place among those that have blazed the trail before him.
Pastor Larry Andrews Sr
April 17, 2011
Thank you for sharing the word and your vision with me and so many others. I remember watching your program as a young person. I know you have gone home to be with the Lord but your program continues.

Today, as an adult, I believe that you touched my life in ways I did not understand at the time but today the blurred vision is clearer each day.

Hubert Watson
February 6, 2011
Thank you very much, Mr Humbard.
Lord touched my family trough your family, your devoted work, as like have touched many others persons on the whole world.
God bless this precious family, more and more.
Thank you, precious family!
Mr Humbard is in the the Lord Arms now, as my precious father, since 2008 july, is too.
Geraldo Maciel
January 30, 2011
To the family of Rex Humbard, This is Ruth Pino, widow of Nick Pino, who served as an interpreter for Bro. Rex in the country of Chile in the early 1980's. Pastor Rex Humbard opened the way for Christian Television Ministries in that country. We as a famiy also want you to know that you are still loved as well.
December 18, 2010
well, all i have to say right now is good bye rex and thanks for all you've done.we're all gonna miss you and there probably won't be another guy like you around for a long long time.
james sperbeck
April 19, 2010
I attended the Katherine Kulman rally in Akron.Ohio where the Humbards sang
along with Katherine. Then when Rex
opened his church on State Rd. I became a member and was batized there. I sang in the choir and even had Rex as
my Sunday school teacher (he taught the
senior high kids.) I went on to attend
the Catheral of Tomorrow for many years before we moved to Georgia where
my husband attended Emory U. I always
will remember how sincere Rex's sermons were and how we enjoyed their
singing and all the groups that sang there. Now I can see those people on
Gaither Homecoming and it is so nostagic. Thanks to Rex, Maude Aimee,
Wayne and Leonna for bringing me to Jesus.
Shirley Lopez
April 17, 2010
I am trying to contact Rex, Jr in regards to former members of the Calvary Temple and Cathedral of Tomorrow.
Estella Taylor
November 30, 2009
At my piano
My memories of Pastor Humbard include playing volleyball in the gym on Mackinaw Island, as well as listening to his music and that of his quartet. I always enjoyed the messages he brought when he would come to the college. I grew greatly, as a child of God under his ministry, and thank God for allowing me to attend his college on the Island. My love and prayers are with all of you as you continue to minister in your own venues. God Bless as we await our turn to see Pastor Rex once again.
Shannon Ford, Rev.
November 21, 2009
Thank you Lord that you will bless Rex and his family in rich of touch."Thank you for this site and my opportune that find this andgreet form the swedn with joy and exciting feel what the Lord will do today among us all,thanks and bless and pray,keijo sweden
keijo leppioja
September 7, 2009
On March 24, 1974 I received Jesus as my Savior after responding to Rex's preaching on television. Lulu Roman had given her testimony. My life was changed forever: Family, business and Internatioal Ministry.
Randy Dorcey
July 22, 2009
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Daniel Townsend
July 21, 2009
The Humbard family was such a blessing to my family for so many years. My Mother and Father hardly ever missed a chance to see them on t.v. I lost my Mother just about a year ago and she still had albums and books from your family from years ago in her house. I am so sorry for your loss, but we will be with them again soon. God bless you all and thank you!
Susan Wheeler
July 19, 2009
I thank God for your ministry and the Prayer Key Family. It was truly a blessing to me in the 1980's.
Kathy Paden
July 10, 2009
Today I still grieve for missing Rex Humbard and also his family. Our youngest daughter is named after Elizabeth. We traveled from Maine to meet Elizabeth in the cafeteria and we decided our daughter's name would be Elizabeth. Rex was a pioneer and a great soul winner along with Maude Aimee. We will see you soon in the portals of glory.
Llewellyn Sperrey
July 5, 2009
My wife and I married June 7, 1947 and began attending the First Assembly of God Church in Terre Haute, IN shortly thereafter. In the late 1940's,if I remember correctly, the Humbard family had a tent revival on E.Wabash Ave. east of 25th Street. My wife and many of our friends attended the services there. We heard his father preach also at that time. We later moved to Indpls., IN. in 1961 and I can remember so well how we looked forward each Sun. morning before our church services to listening to the Humbard T.V. program. It was inspirational and we enjoyed the wonderful singing and the ministry of Rex and possibly others of his family. We loved his wife's singing as well as his beautiful daughter's.
The Oxfords
Gerald (Jerry) Oxford
July 1, 2009
I watched an old 4th of July program that was aired last night June 30 2009. I was so happy to see all of you and the love that still showed. I just discovered Pasters death. I am so sorry I loved to watch your sunday programs as a child. God Bless
Irene Pine
April 6, 2009
My name is Peter Gardner from Brampton Ontario Canada. I was seven years old when Rex Humbard came for the dedication service of my church Kennedy Road Tabernacle in 1975. He brought a television crew with him and broadcast that service on the C-O-T. He also brought a singing group with him called "The Courriours". There were 3000 people that showed up that night, Rex preached an awesome sermon and the power of God filled the place. He inspired me to follow the calling the Lord has placed on my life and I am in the process of completing that training.
Thank You Mr.Humbard for being obedient to your calling, and for never giving up, even when storms came and it looked like the enemy had won, you still stood with faith and prooved God faithfulness, and the Lord blessed that. God bless all your family.
Peter Gardner
January 30, 2009
To the Rex Humbard Family:

Rex and Maude Aimee Humbard was a great inspiration to our family
in Stow, Ohio. Rex Jr. came to our
house to visit with us and offer us
an invitation to the Cathedral of Tomorrow.
That was in 1962. I was 2 years old when my mom first took me to church there. And, it was my church till Rex sold it to Reverend Angley's Ministries. The Church, Rex had Reverend Angley promise not to sell to comercial means. It had to remain as a church. Rex visited the
Cathedral of tomorrow in 1993, and I attended the service. It was great to have the chance to talk with him.
But most of all is what Rex said in that service that day.
He stretched forth his hand and said:
"Many of you are have the calling to go out and minister God's word". He was referring to me and other inspired members to preach the gospel with Rex's ordination that Day.
It was not until 2001 did I become an ordained minister and took Rex's salvation message to parts of California and Arizona, reaching hundreds of souls. I grew up in Rex's church since i was 2 years old.
It was an honor to get to talk to all the family members at Rex's funeral.
I wanted so badly to talk to Rex and tell him the wonderful story of the fullfillment of his words that day.
He would be so proud. My brother,
Will Albrecht, Sr. was a member of the Cathedral of Tomorrow, and now has a Jesus Loves You World Outreach Ministries, Inc.
I am sure that many countless other members of the Cathedral of Tomorrow has churches now.
Thankyou, Rex and Maude Aimee for your wonderful devotion to Jesus'
You will be dearly missed.

John L. Albrecht
John Albrecht
January 25, 2009
hello this alda maria cabral l never knowed that rex humbard passed away l am very sorry to hear that he was a great man and l used to write to him when l was young and cryed when the church never gave no more l am very sorry to hear that he is with god write me back l miss him dearly and cry
alda maria cabral
January 22, 2009
I watched you over the years , God Bless and miss you ..Charlene Swick
January 1, 2009
" The Rex Humbard Ministry was very important to me. When I was sixteen, I saw him, in sunday mornigs frequently, preaching the word of God. I thank God for his life. He was very very precious to God's work on earth. He was in Brazil in 80's, but I couldn't see him, unhapply. God be praised for his ministry!
Edmar Silva
August 29, 2008
I was saved through Rex's ministry in
1973.I loved and supported the Ministry and would go to the Catheral Of Tomorrow whenever I was in Akron to visit my brother.God bless all of you.
Sondra Raymo
August 16, 2008
I was so sorry to read of Rex Humbard's death but he was ready to go home to his eternal home at his age. He was one great minister. I used to watch him on t.v. and listen to his wonderful wife, Maude Aimee. She was such a wonderful singer as was their daughter. I sure did love listening to Elizabeth sing. My prayers are with Maude Aimee and her children as they mourn the loss of a wonderful man. God be with you all in your time of sorrow.
Edith Mossman
August 9, 2008
I remember my father would always turn to the television ministers(in the 1960's), before our family went to church on Sunday, you were one of them, I thank God for trail blazers like you that kept my family in the in the right direction. I will miss you.
Connie P.
August 3, 2008
Dear Family:
I was sorry to see on my computer that Rex left this life. On Dec. 15, 1968 I was turning channels when I came across the Cathedral. When Rex asked if anyone wanted to recieve Jesus just pray right there.
Well, that's what I did 40 years ago.
Then i went to Church , sang in Choire. Now I've join the Catholic Church in 77. For the Holy Spirit called me.
May you all have God's Blessing & comfort.
Karen Becker
July 27, 2008
I was at Cathedral of Tomorrow when I was about 7 or 8 and can't say I remember much except the cross on the ceiling. My mom & dad and aunt & uncle took me to the church. I am sure it must have been a good service.
Sherri Cody
July 10, 2008
what can you say that hasnt been said. i was raised in the cot .my parents john@sandra worked their ani played their rex jr let me help on sundays behind stage an with tv prod helping with the crane cam the were like family they treated you like family rex will be very missed but he is with his heavenly father
robert glenn
June 13, 2008
We loved your father he really new how to spread god's word tell it like it is. Hewill be dearly missed. My grandfather likes hearing him preach and sing.
Patricia Allen
May 23, 2008
carol richards
March 7, 2008
You will be greatly missed. I waited for the moments when I could catch a glance of you and Maude Aimee. I started looking at you on tv at the age of twenty plus. I missed you when you went off tv. Maude you are and Rex will all way's be my mentor. I know the Father is with you and your children.I will keep all of you in my prayers through out. Pastor Rex and Maude Aimee have brought me a mighty long ways in the love off CHRIST JESUS. As I reflect on JESUS this season you will be greatly on my mine.
Love throuch Christ
Teresa G. Artis
February 21, 2008
February 11, 2008
Dear Family,
You are all in our prayers at this difficult time. We loved your father more than words can say and we rejoice with you that we will all see him again someday! You'll never know what you mean to the Payne family. We love you dearly.
In His Grace,
Darla(Payne)& Kevin Hammons
Darla Hammons
January 5, 2008
I wrote back on 9/25/07 Donald E Delaney from Wakefield Massachusetts. Is it possible I could get an updated photo of the entire Humbard family including the grandkids Liz and Dan My email address is That would mean so much to me. My phone number is 781 246 6764 work number is 617 572 4974 Thanks so much "YOU ARE LOVED"
Donald Delaney
January 5, 2008
Today is Jan 5, 2008 and on waking up this morning, the Lord brought back to my mind the time in 1981 when I was watching Rex on TV and was brought to my knees by my TV after rebelling for 52 years, asking the Lord to forgive me for my rebellion and save me. I don't recall the particular message Rex gave that day, but it was so powerful that even to this day some 27 years later, I thank God that he put Rex Humbard there at just the right time to bring this sinner home to the Lord.
Bruce Wallace
November 19, 2007
Even though I knew Rex in the sense that my father was a distant cousin,Iwill greatly miss him and his teachings. Because of his teachings my life is truely enriched.
Marcie Humbard-Wells
October 13, 2007
God Bless Each of you at this time of sorrow.
B. Harris
October 13, 2007
We give our sympathy and condolences to Rex Humbards family. I always admired Rex Humbard being the preacher that he was.

Rex Humbard TV Pastor gave some good sermons during his time of doing all his religious service and, meeting Gods needs with his callings.

I always so very much enjoyed tuning into his televison show to listen to him preach. I can see why a ledgend such as Elvis Presley liked Rex Humbard so much as he did.

Elvis is a Ledgend for his beautiful music with having such a beautiful voice given to him from God to share with others.

Rex is a ledgend for his wonderful preaching and sermons and being a man of God who enjoyed so much sharing the words of the bible with everyone. He was a blessing to be here to share Gods word with everyone. He is missed. He lives again; in heaven. A wonderful place. "Amen and Amen Always.


Sherry Bork in Choctaw OK.
Sherry Bork
October 11, 2007
Rex became our TV pastor during a difficult time in our home church. We watched every Sunday and attended the Cathedral whenever we could. I was baptized there and my mother promoted the TV rallies in our area (Greensburg PA). Rex "coached" me into the ministry and I am forever grateful for his faithfulness in God's work. Your family is in our prayers as you have experienced your loss. This great man of God has received his reward.
Rev. Ron Eade
October 11, 2007
Hey my name is Brittany Thompson and I'm the grandaughter of Paralee Roberts and the daughter of Sheila Thompson. I'm writing this note of our condolences on behalf of myself and my mother. Rex was an awesome friend of my grandma and was really nice and kind. We are sorry for the loss, you guys are in our prayers.
Brittany And Sheila Thompson
October 10, 2007
Dear Humbard Family,
May the Lord be with you during this difficult time. How thankful we can be that Bro. Rex is now walking the streets of glory that he spent his life telling us about. Someday there will be a sweet reunion. Until then, may God bless and keep you.
Lori Hellmund
October 9, 2007
My sympathies for the friends and family of Mr. Humbard. My husband's Grandmother worked for Mr. Humbard in the kitchen cutting up chicken years ago and always spoke fondly of Mr. Humbard. How wonderful it will be to see all of our dead loved ones again right here on the earth as Jesus promised at John 5:28&29. As our Lord taught us to pray, 'Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.' What a beautiful promise.
October 8, 2007
Rex and family meant so much to me for so many years. This past week while driving to work, I've been listening to a cassette tape I recorded during a visit to the COT on Anniversary Sunday, 1981 (both morning and evening services.) Maude Aimee sang "Gone" and "It is No Secret"; Liz sang "He's Ever Interceding" and "Picking up the Pieces"; Charlie premiered two songs he wrote: "Almost to Glory" and "Sweet Jesus Come". The kids sang, "Royal Telephone"; the whole family sang "I am a Promise" and "The Greatest Thing"; and the AM service started off with a beautiful medley that included "Alleluia", "God is So Good", "Something Beautiful", "Let's Just Praise the Lord", and finally "Get All Excited". Rex also sang an old favorite, "The Church in the Wildwood" and instructed anyone who remembered it from "years ago" to wave at him! Finally, the choir sings a great rendition of "Revive Us Again". It just sends chills down my spine to listen to it after all these years. I play it over and over again. I loved them.
Tim Koch
October 4, 2007
So Sorry for your lost...and all of you are in my prayers.

candy biel
October 2, 2007
I met him once as a child when our school attended a classical music concert at the Cathedral of Tomorrow. He was very freindly to all the kids. One time in 1972 when I was in the service in S Korea, I turned on the Korean TV and there was Rev Rex. The Koreans were very impressed that I had met him and that he was from my hometown. Its true, he had admirers all over the world.Now he can enjoy the promised land he has been telling us about for so long. My condolances to the family.
Steve Stallard
October 2, 2007
I have many memories having grown up attending the Catherdral of Tomorrow in the 1980's. I remember little of personal contact with Rex Humbard, but I do remember hearing him preach every Sunday. I know he was a man who loved God. He will be missed by not only his family but thousands of people in his extended family.
James Judy
October 2, 2007
October 2, 2007
Dear Humbard Family,
I have so many fond childhood memories that stem from being in the presence of your warm and loving family. My mother Paralee Simpson Roberts always held a special place in her heart for your parents Rex and Maude Aimee. She respected and loved them both dearly and we always considered youall as part of our family. I am Juaniki Roberts Parker, her third child. I've lived in California for many years ans will never forget the time during on of my mom's visits here, your parents sent for her to spend time with them here at their home on the coast. I will always remember how kind every member of your family was to us during our childhood. You always treated Paralee with love and respect as a family member and she never felt like "the cook" For this, I will always be grateful. I'm sure that mom is baking up some of those wonderful rolls and chocolate pie that Rev. Humbard loved so much just for his homecoming! My prayers are with you and Maude Aimee. God Bless. (909)864-3810
Juaniki Roberts-Parker
October 2, 2007
To my dear Humbard Family,
The Payne family thanks God that in 1954 Rex,Maude Aimee,Wayne and Leona made the trip from Akron 5 nites a week to Cleveland TV station and put on a program at 6 pm that we started to watch at suppertime. One nite I said "Some Sunday I'm going to go up there to Church" Next Sunday mom woke me up and said this is that Sunday. I was 20 years old and unchurched but my younger brother and I went to Calvary Temple and our lives were changed forever. We were welcomed into youngpeoples class and soon Mom, Dad,Chuck and I were all saved and members of Calvary Temple.
With Rex's leadership we grew and worked in the Church from Bus Captains, Sundy School teachers Chior members etc.
Rex married Pauline Cawthron and I in 1966 at the Cathedral of Tommrow, Danny Koker played the organ, Glen Payne sang,Carla Payne was our flower girl. Jim Staufer and Vic Clay were in the wedding party.
Rex dedicated and later baptized Kim and Andy.
Rex was our Pastor and Friend.
Rex preached our infant son Randy's funeral and M.A. sang "Sheltersd in the arms of God" and Danny played the organ again,Thank you all so much.
In 1976 we moved back to Tennessee and had the opportunity to attend some raleys and get to see our friends. We have been active in Churches but none compares to COT and our Pastor,Rex.
Thank you Rex and Rex Jr. for comming to Nashville to marry our daughter Kimberly and Lee Greenwood, and what a wedding it was.
The last time we saw Rex and M.A. was at Rex's 80 th birthday and that was a grand party but nothing like the party we will have when we all gather again around God's throne. My Dad Lindsey,is already there and Mom Jennie Ann is 93 an soon will join Dad and Rex one day.
Pauline and I are active at First Baptist Church, Mount JUliet TN.
Both KImberly and Andy their spouses and children are active in their Churches and it is all because Rex was faithful to God"s call.
We are so sory we could not make the trip to Akron for the Homegoing but health problems made it impossible.
Till we meet again, Love Jim Payne
Jim Payne
October 1, 2007
Rex had fought the good fight! Now he is enjoying the fruits of his sacrifice, and labors.

I have many wonderful memories of The Humbards, and The Cathedral of Tomorrow. I was a year, and a half when we began attending the church. My sister Robin, and I sang in the children’s, and adult choirs. We sang with, and without our puppets in the services, and Sunday school classes. To this day we both continue to lead congregations into worship in our individual churches.

My parents Carroll, and June Holt taught 5th grade Sunday school for many years. There are so many wonderful memories from my years at the Cathedral. Ridgecrest, VBS, camp, rollar skating, music festivals, Christmas caroling, Mackinac Island, New Years Eve, Christmas, and Easter productions. Memories made possible because one man followed the call of God. The Sunday Earnest Angeley was given the keys to the church I sang the song “By My Spirit” for the service. That day will remain etched in my memory forever.

My husband Brian, and I have two sons, Jonathan (6), and Joshua (4). We attend Grace Brethren Church in Wooster Ohio. Our pastor reminds me so much of Rex in his younger days.

My prayers go out for Maude Aimee Humbard. I will always see her as the feisty strong woman that she always was. I can remember her yelling at my dad for fixing her car after church while still wearing his suit.

God Bless the Humbard family for being humbled, and allowing Rex to follow the calling. Many generations to come will still find the Lord because of your ministry!

Feel free to contact me.

Dawn Holt
Dawn Lenz
October 1, 2007
I have fond memories as a young child in the 50's of going with my Aunt and Uncle to see Rex preach on Copley Rd and Cathedral of Tomorrow. I recall the dedication of the Cathedral of Tomorrow and was so enchanted by the beautiful colors of the Giant Cross on the Ceiling of the new cathedral and what it came to mean to me. I loved the music of Maude Aimee and the Weatherford Quartet. I recall New Years Eve serices at the Cathedral of Tomorrow and the music of Stuart Hamlin and Mahalia Jackson. The message that Rex conveyed of God's Love for me has sustained my faith as an adult. My Prayers are with the family. God Bless you. Praise God for Rex Humbard.
Connie Wiley
October 1, 2007
Rex Humbard,was a true man of God.He was kind ,compassionate,honest,loving and I
loved his whole family.I send my prayers at this time.
Dr.Bobby Clark
October 1, 2007
My husband and I were married at the Cathedral of Tommorow and we both accepted Christ as our savior at the Cathedral of Tommorow, we also was baptized there along with our children (3 daughters.) My husband also was employed by the Cathedral of Tommorow. We were blessed many times over by attending the Cathedral of Tommorrow and by knowing Rex Humbard. He is truly missed by our family. Our prayers go out to his family.
Marie Gunther
October 1, 2007
Conocí al Señor gracias al programa de Rex Humbard que se transmitían aquí en Argentina. Han pasado 24 años desde entonces, y continúo en la senda. Con altibajos, tropiezos, pero sigo. Y a pesar de que hace muchos años que el programa se levantó en nuestro país, nunca olvidé al Reverendo Humbard y su familia.
Doy gracias al Señor por él y por lo que ayudó a que ocurriera en mí.
Pablo Casado
October 1, 2007
Dear Family,
I thank God for you and your beloved father, Rev. Rex Humbard. As the daughter of your former employee and dear friend, Paralee Roberts, I was privileged to know of your love for God and mankind. My prayers are with you always.
Benita Roberts Peoples
October 1, 2007
I have wonderful memories of the Cathedral of Tomorrow and growing up watching the Humbards on television. My father did some personal tax work for the Humbards and I was proud to attend the celebration service Sunday.
Robin Shackelford
October 1, 2007
Thank you for preaching the Word, the most important thing we will ever hear, except "Well Done My Good and Faithful Servant." My prayers are with the family.
Carrie Thayer
September 30, 2007
I grew up watching Rex and family on tv..his music and ministry will always hold special memories for me. One of my favorite songs from the broadcast was "It Is Finished". For Rex, it is finished, he has entered into the LORD's presence, where he will forever remain.
Rev R. D. Woodard
September 30, 2007
You inspired my life, thank you for employing me, and later dedicating my son. My Grandmother and Grandfather helped build your church. My husband helped run your TV Ministry.
Candy Roose-Caminati
September 30, 2007
When we all get to Heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be!!

Being raised at the Cathedral was great! Mom & Dad taught Sunday school- Me & my sister Dawn sang for many services- and have continued to minister through Music in our churches today!

Where would I be if my mom hadn't tuned into Rex on TV- what a Faithful servant of God Rex reached out to the unreachable. Thank You to the entire Family and all those who were involved in Ministry.

I will never forget all the friends I grew up with at church- I miss all of you! We will all be together again in Heaven! What a Great Day that Will Be!!!

Robin Holt
Robin Renner
September 30, 2007
The Humbard family are in my heart and prayers. My husband was very ill for 16 years and he loved to watch your show on Sunday mornings. I would go to my church and then come home and we would watch together. We especially like watching the children and your daughter sing. He will be greatly missed.


Maredith King
Scituate, MA
September 30, 2007
Humbard Family,
I accepted Jesus while attending the Cathedral in 1967. I was a member from 1977 till 1972. I was active in many of its minisries including the rest home ministry and singing in The Re-Generation. I love you all and am so sorry for your loss. I cried when I read of Rex's passing. Our loss is heavens gain. I can't wait to get to heaven to see Rex again.
Terry Allen
September 30, 2007
When I was very young I watched you on TV back when you first started. Thank you
Irene Russell
September 30, 2007
When my grandmother had a massive stroke & was hospitalized in July 1976, I made sure she was able to hear Rex's televised service every Sunday morning until she passed away a month later. I know he was a great comfort to her.
My deepest sympathy to the family -
Cindy Ogle
September 30, 2007
So many lives were changed because of this ministry and family. I thank God that my husband and I had the privilege of being raised at the COT.... Our love and prayers are with the family......
Glenn & Milissa Thompson
September 29, 2007
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Eunice Tennant
September 29, 2007
Just imagine the excitment when Rev.Humbard saw Jesus, the one he preached about all those years. We watched him before we married(1965)and continued ever opportunity we have had since
and always were blessed. You will never know on this side how many people were touched by the ministry of the family.
Bishop Wayne & Brenda LANDMON
September 29, 2007
me and my husband raised our children in the cathedral of tomorrow,my husband was a bus driver and I taught sunday school until the church was sold,we have many good memories and many friends,god bless youre family rexwas a wonderful man and we were blessed to know him
alberta ginn
September 29, 2007
I'm sure you already know only eternity will show just how many lives your family has touched. You paved the way for Christian television and we just want to say THANK YOU! You are in our prayers.
Pastors Rick & Judy Gordy
September 29, 2007
Rev. Humbard came into my life in the late seventies when I was a wild child in my twenties. I have always remembered him and I am so grateful that I had the chance to watch him,He helped make me the person I am today.I know GOD is thanking him for all the souls he saved.May GOD bless and comfort his entire family and extended family the thousands of us who watched him on tv.
kathleen harwood
September 29, 2007
I am sorry for your lost my mother and grandmother and grandfather we member of your church. I have a picture of Rev.Humbard baspiting me.
Cameron Garens (Son of Candy and gradson Of GEORGE and ROSEMARY GARENS
Cameron Garens
September 29, 2007
I am so sorry for your lost Rex will alway be my pastor. I was rise in the Catheral and it will always be in my heart. My prayers are with you.
Candy (Garens) Biel Daughter OF George & Rosemany Garens
Candy Biel
September 29, 2007
Our thoughts and Prayers are with the Humbard family. Our family attended the Cathedral, we grew up there. I have so many fond memories from being raised at the Cathedral, hearing God's word and being taught about His love. Thank you all for being obedient and listening to God's calling.
"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints."
Ps 116:15
Andrea Cowgar (Sloan)
September 29, 2007
My father (Harold Bell) is not able to travel, but our hearts are with the Humbard family today. My father, mother and I had many good times at the COT. My mother died in 2003 (Clara Bell)and I know Pastor Rex is in heaven with her. We gave our hearts to Jesus Christ in 1972 at the COT. May God grant the Humbard family comfort during this time.

Lynn Bell
912-927-2546 or 912-414-0356
Lynn Bell
September 29, 2007
our master called a faithful servant home
he will be greatly missed
never forgotten
theresa gregory
September 29, 2007
I am saddened to hear of the passing of Rev. Rex Humbard. I remember as a child watching him on television and hearing him preach and listening to Maude Aimee sing and Elizabeth. What a great legacy he leaves! He was truly a saint and a genuine loving christian man. He will be remembered always and I am sure he is watching from heaven right now. God Bless the family,
Marsha Nordstrom
September 28, 2007
I am saddened to learn of pastor Humbards passing. I grew up watching and listening to him on tv. My mom always had us watch him if we couldn't make it to our regular church. May God wrap His loving arms around the Humbard family and comfort them as well as help them through their grief.
Karen Compton
September 28, 2007
I praise God for a man of "Truth." Pastor Humbard lived the life he taught others to live. A bold, Godly Warrior has laid down his Sown and Shield and is now resting. It is my prayer that God will give the Humbard family peace.
Constance Rogers
September 28, 2007
I would like to send my condolenes to the whole family. I remember every sunday morning getting ready for church my mom & dad would turn on the tv and watch and listen as we got ready. My Dad passed away in 1992 from cancer but before he did he gave his heart to Christ.THANK YOU FOR YOUR DEDICATION TO CHRIST
September 28, 2007
Rex and Maude Aimee are truly faithful Christian people and I know Rex was welcomed into heaven with an angelic Shout and Well done good and faithful servant came from God's throne!! My thoughts are with all of the Humbard family as they miss Rex.
Teresa Berry
September 28, 2007
I just noticed a great man of God, went on home to be with his Father. I am so sadden to hear of this news, but I think I can speak for all we know he's home.
I am 52, and ever since I was a little girl, my Daddy sat me next to him and watched Rex on TV. My first bible my Daddy brought me was from Rev. Humbard's ministry. So I feel like a dear friend has moved on. I will always be grateful in being raised with the truth being peached to me through tv. with the great men of the cloth (as Daddy always said) such Pastors as Billy Graham, Rex Humbard, and Oral Roberts.
It is a warm feeling to know that I am sure as Rex met his family, my Dad was at the gate to welcome him home as well.
Thank you Rev. Humbard for being my teacher, and peacher since I was a little girl.
I am praying for your family,until we all meet again.
Deepest sympathy and prayers, Your sister in Christ, May the Spirit bring you his Grace and Comfort.
Debra Rivell, Philadelphia
Debra A. Rivell
September 28, 2007
Rex was a wonderful man of God. What he accomplished in his ministry at the Cathedral is beyond our comprehension. But, God surely knows. The Cathedral Quartet impact on people can't be measured. God Bless You Rex.

Enjoy your heavenly home. You certainly deserve it.
Patricia Clague
September 28, 2007
Rex has touched so many lives with his dedication and love.
Mine is just another of the millions of lives His faithfulness has touched.

When I was a little girl I would watch every morning, before school, The Humbards on ch.8 singing. and playing their instruments, Wayne Leona, Rex, Maude Amy.
I sent for the free little red Bible that Rex was giving away.

After I was married I watched Rex on TV and had to move to Akron to be apart of the
Church that I saw on TV, and the Man that eventually would help me find what was missing in my life. I was saved through this ministry.
I loved the Cathedral and Rex.
My children grew up at the Cathedral
Rex and Maude Amy dedicated all 4 of them.
We joined in everything and loved it.
We worshiped there for over 20 years

I go to a small Church now but when we sing
"This is my Story....This is my song"
"Praising my Savior all the day long"
I can still see (in my mind) the great Red Cathedral Curtains rising up on the stage.
I will never forget.

I thank God for Rex
Thank You Maude Amy for sharing your wonderful husband with us.
Because through him I came to know the Lord!
He will be missed.....
But right now he is walking the streets of glory! Hallelujah!

I send my deepest sympathy to Maude Amy and the family
God Bless You and help you through this time.
"You are Loved!"
June McVay (Holt)
September 27, 2007
May knowing that this great man of God worked on this earth to serve the Lord ,bring comfort to the family .Now he has gone home and has heard "well done my faithful servant,welcome home.
rosie rodriguez
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