Published December 18, 2013 by Erica Ritz (TheBlaze)
Pastor Ken Hutcherson of Antioch Bible Church in Kirkland, Wash., died Wednesday after battling cancer for more than a decade. He was 61.
The church announced on its website: “Antioch Bible Church sadly announces that shortly before noon today our Senior Pastor Dr. Ken Hutcherson was ushered in the [presence] of the Lord. Please pray for comfort and peace for the family. The family asked that you give them some privacy at this time. Please no phone calls or [visits].”
Hutcherson, known as “Hutch” to his friends, led a remarkable life that began in the South during the era of segregation.
“I was born in Anniston, Alabama, in the 50s and had to fight for my equality most of my life,” he wrote in a piece for TheBlaze. “You see, there were many who thought I should be treated like a second-class citizen, drink from a different water fountain, sit in the back of the bus, be counted as three-quarters of a person, go to a different school, eat and sit in the black section of restaurants, use a different bathroom; you know, be separate but equal. Then came Dr. Martin Luther King and all that started to change and praise God! I became a Christian in 1969.”
Hutcherson was a middle linebacker for the Seahawks, Dallas Cowboys and San Diego Chargers before turning his talents to the ministry.
But even after receiving his cancer diagnosis 13 years ago, he didn’t slow down.