Tom Fred Tenney, 1933–2018
Tom Fred Tenney, friend to all and longtime UPCI minister, statesman, leader, executive, and General Board member, passed from this life on June 1, 2018. He was born December 6, 1933, in DeRidder, Louisiana, and he married Thetus Caughron on December 27, 1952. The Tenneys pastored churches in Monroe and DeRidder, Louisiana. T. F. Tenney served the Louisiana District as sectional youth leader, youth secretary, youth president, and district superintendent (1978–2005). During the time he served the UPCI as general youth president (1960–69), the Bible Quizzing program was launched and the first issue of The Conquerors Tread was published. The Partners in Missions (PIM) program, the annual School of Missions, and field and regional conferences began under his leadership as Foreign Missions (now Global Missions) director (1970–75). He was the bishop emeritus of the Louisiana District and an honorary member of the UPCI General Board. In 2005 he was inducted into the UPCI’s Order of the Faith. T. F. Tenney was honored in an AP article of June 2, 2018. On June 4 Gov. John Bel Edwards ordered the flags of the United States and the state of Louisiana to be flown at half-staff over the State Capitol in honor of T.F. Tenney. Brother Tenney’s life and ministry impacted countless lives, and he will be greatly missed. Please keep the Tenney family and especially Sister Thetus Tenney in prayer as we mourn the loss of this great man of God.
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