Lonnie Rex was a teacher in music in the early days of Southwestern College. He took a choir of 30 student singers to tour the east coast all the way to Toronto, Canada, and sing at the General Conference in Florida. He borrowed the money to purchase choir robes for the choir members, used student cars, five of them, and trusted God to provide for the gas and food from the churches where they sang. That choir tour was instrumental in making known Southwestern College to the church east of the Mississippi. God honored his faith, and the offerings paid for the choir robes as well.
It was Lonnie Rex who worked with Oral Roberts in his early days of his ministry by helping him to get his crusades on television stations. His story of how he got Oral Roberts on a Tulsa Television station is nothing less than miraculous. Lonnie Rex directed the great General Conference Choirs and Orchestra as well as Sunday School National Conventions that motivated IPHC churches to sing those songs when when the delegates came back home to their local churches. His choirs had 100 or more singers, not withstanding a full orchestra of volunteer musicians.
Lonnie and Betty Sorrells Rex reside in Spring, TX. For many years they lived in Tulsa where Lonnie worked with Oral Roberts and T. L. Osborne. Lonnie and Betty were involved in the music ministry of Evangelistic Temple while Dr. Dan Beller was the senior pastor. Lonnie and Betty are noted for their twin concert grand piano concerts where they play the great hymns and spiritual songs of the church.
Lonnie Rex is the son of a Pentecostal Holiness preacher, evangelist, pastor, church planter, writer and author, who became a general executive official of this great classical Pentecostal denomination with 3.8 million people in 103 countries around the world where he was the executive director of Evangelism and World Missions.
As a young boy Lonnie was stricken with Polio. His life was in the balance and he was not expected to live. However, his parents’ prayers touched the heart of God to spare his life and he lived to overcome this physical challenge with his faith in God.
Through the preaching of his father, Lonnie’s heart was captured by the story of the lad who willing gave his lunch to Jesus that his mother had prepared for him of five barley loaves and two small fish. Jesus blessed the loaves and fish and fed 5,000 men, notwithstanding the women and the children. That story became Lonnie’s burning desire to give what he had to Jesus, and became the motivating force in the extensive ministries God gave him over many years of humanitarian service around the world.
Lonnie never asked anything from God for himself, but prayed that God would give him ideas, concepts, and wisdom to be used to help others. He believed God could use him as He did the lad in the Gospel narrative to bless others.
For many years he served some well-known American evangelists in their ministries through tent crusades, large auditoriums, radio and television.
God gifted Lonnie to be one of the foremost fund raisers of the 20th Century through letter writing that funded the gigantic costs of mass evangelism and healing ministries. His writing style touched the hearts of people to give generously, and God blessed his every effort to help others through these various ministries.
Meanwhile, God led him to be the founder of the David Livingstone Foundation that has brought food, clothing, shelter, and education, as well as financial, medical and spiritual resources to people of many nations. He provided boats and personnel to carry Vietnamese refugees to safety, and saved countless thousands of lives. He has provided medicines, medical supplies, ambulances, built clinics, hospitals, and orphanages to the glory of God and the good to mankind.
As you read this exciting book about the intriguing stories he tells of the challenges and opportunities to help people in their time of need in many places in this world of ours, you will discover what a man endowed with a generous heart and so committed to God can do to serve suffering humanity.
I have known Lonnie Rex since 1954 when I was a young Marine playing trombone in the Quantico Marine Band during the administration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and on special events our band played for him when he came to Quantico, the Showplace of the Marine Corps.
Lonnie and I met at the National Pentecostal Holiness Church in Washington, DC where we both attended. He and his wife, Betty, were involved in the music ministry of the church. They are both gifted and talented pianists and organists. That friendship has endured all these years, and I consider Lonnie Rex to be one of my most treasured and trusted friends.
The Rev. Dr. Hugh H. Morgan is an ordained minister of the Gospel with the International Pentecostal Holiness Church. He has served his church as a pastor, Air Force chaplain, college president and director/endorser of military chaplains, VA hospital chaplains and institutional chaplains. He was elected chairman of the National Association of Evangelicals, the Endorsers Conference for Veterans Affairs Chaplaincy, and a member of the executive committee of the National Conference on Ministry to the Armed Forces.
He is a former president of Southwestern College, now Southwestern Christian University, a former member of the board of trustees for Holmes Bible College, former pastor of Tarkenton Memorial Church in Athens, GA, and was named the Centurion of the Year in 2011, by fellow Centurions of the National Association of Evangelicals. He served on the board of World Missions for his denomination for eight years, and has planted churches in Ukraine and Romania, as well as traveled to the Bahamas, Cuba, Costa Rica, England, Spain, Germany, Israel, Italy, Sicily, Hungary, Austria, and Belgium. He is a retired Air Force Reserve chaplain with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel with more than 30 years of active duty and reserve service to the United States.
He holds the following degrees: B. A., B. D., M. Div., D.D.
He is the founder, editor and CEO of Hugh’s News, Inc. that has a website and a newsletter with over 5,000 readers around the world.
His website is: www.hughsnews.com