In Memory of Bishop John Wesley Hardt
June 20, 2017
Bishop John Wesley Hardt will be remembered for his supernatural memory filled with people and stories. I believe he knew everyone in Texas’s grandmother’s maiden name. He probably baptized her, too.
His graciousness and love of the United Methodist Church carried him through days like the 1960’s in Beaumont, Texas just up the road from Vidor home of the KKK and the day in Tulsa when Oral Roberts joined his congregation. One of the delights at Perkins School of Theology was to run by the office on Saturday and bump into Bishop Hardt in his tennis whites checking the mailbox. After lung surgery he conceded to play doubles rather than singles but refused to give up the game.
Thank God for the fully lived United Methodist life of Bishop John Wesley Hardt.
- – Rev. Dr. William J. Bryan III
Bishop John Wesley Hardt served churches in the Texas Conference before his election as Bishop in the United Methodist Church in 1980. In his retirement, Bishop Hardt became active at FirstChurch. He and wife Martha, were members of the Aldersgate Class. Son Joe Hardt, wife, Marie Park, and their children Alex and Sadie are also FirstChurch members. Bishop Hardt’s lasting legacy to FirstChurch and to the United Methodist Church will be felt for decades to come. We return thanks to God for his life in the midst of ours.
Visitation will be held 5:00 – 7:00 pm Thursday at Sparkman Hillcrest. A memorial service will be held Friday, June 23 at 11:00 am at First United Methodist Church of Dallas.