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In Loving Memory

Ronald Dean Worden

April 10, 1938 – June 25, 2020

Dr. Ronald Dean Worden, age 82, was gathered to his Savior at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital in Houston, Texas. Born in Grainfield, Kansas to O. Dean Worden and H. June Dillon Worden on April 10, 1938.

After receiving his Associate Degree from Barclay College in 1958, Ron graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from George Fox College in 1960. He graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary with a Bachelor of Divinity in 1965. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School in 1967. He received his Ph. D at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1973. Bruce Manning Metzger, the translator of the New Revised Standard version of the Bible, mentored Ron while he was at Princeton.

Like his father before him, Ron pursued ministry as a career through teaching the word of God. For fifty years of his life, Ron taught all parts of the Bible, as well as Biblical Hebrew, and New Testament Greek in courses for college, masters, and doctoral students. Teaching was a passion that he shared with his wife Barbara as they lived and worked together throughout their professional lives. Together, they have taught at George Fox University, Barclay College, and Houston Graduate School of Theology (HGST).

In addition to serving as professor, Ron was the founding academic dean for HGST for twenty years. He spearheaded initial and ongoing self-study initiatives required for accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS). Ron created course catalogs, managed registrar, faculty, and library duties, and monitored students' progress towards graduation through admissions, enrollment, and advising. When called upon, Ron also served briefly as Interim President.

Beginning in 1984, Ron actively participated in the Executive Council of the Council of Southwestern Theological Schools (COSTS), moderating faculty forums as well as serving as the organization's secretary and president. Ron's biblical class lectures have been translated into Korean for a Korean seminary with students from around the globe.

Despite his academic credentials, Ron was a humble, soft-spoken man with a deep love for educating people about the scriptures. His devotion to the Bible influenced his pastimes as well. Ron would translate scriptures from the original Hebrew and Greek into daily devotionals online.

Ron will be lovingly remembered by his son, Mark (Lori) Worden, granddaughter, Katlyn; sisters, Betty Ann Everson, Beverly (Richard) Stutzman, Marcia Ash and sister-in-law Carolyn Worden; nieces, nephews, other family and many beloved friends. Ron was predeceased by his parents, his wife Barbara Worden, brother Donald Worden and brothers-in-law Tex Everson and Terry Ash.

The visitation is on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M., at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel (311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, 281-992-7200). A memorial service will follow at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. David Bridges officiating. Flowers and/or contributions to Houston Graduate School of Theology (see link below) are both welcome.  https://app.etapestry.com/cart/HoustonGraduateSChoolofThe_1/default/category.php?ref=3030.0.85100621

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15 thoughts on “Ronald Dean Worden”

  1. Ron was a long time friend to Teresa and I during our many years at Friendswood Friends Church. He will be greatly missed.

  2. It was a joy being around Dr Worden and he was a great individual. He was encouraging to me as a student and open to asking him questions about religion.

    My prayers, thoughts and condolences are with his family.

  3. Dr. Charles Hill

    Dr. Ron Worden was a good man and great scholar that impacted lives and ministries of thousands – both now and in the future with what he imparted to his students. Praying for the family in this time of loss.

    Charles Hill – HGST Class of 1988

  4. Evon M Boykins

    I am sending condolences, prayer, love, strength, and comfort to Dr. Worden's Family and all he inspired. Rest in peace. Rest in heaven.

    Evon M. Boykins – HGST M. Div. / MAC (Grief Counseling) Student

  5. I worked with Ron & Barbara Worden at HGST for more than a decade. Also, I knew Ron's Mother as well as his brother and sisters in their ministries too. Their family has a long and great reputation for excellence and loyalty to God's work and God's calling in their lives. It has been my honor to know and work with Dr. Ron Worden.

  6. Venerable Dr. Felix Anyasor. Christ Evangelical Anglican Church

    My condolences to the family of late Dr. Worden. I will never forget great impact to my theology by Ron& Barbara during the early times of learnings at the HGST. May his gentle soul rest in peace.

  7. A brilliant and kind man. He and Barbara were truly a blessing to me at HGST, when I was there from 98 -2001, earning my M.Div. Thank you Lord for the gift of Ron Worden.

  8. What a blessing Dr. Worden was to me and many students at HGST. He was a kind and gifted professor. Praying for peace for Barabra and his family. I can only imagine as he is in the presence of Jesus receiving his heavenly reward.

    Susan Nichols – HGST Graduate, 2001

  9. Rev. Dr. Donnie Gamble, D.Min

    My condolences to the family. Dr. Worden was not only a good man, he also was one willing to share with anyone always ready to discuss the Scriptures. We had many talks during my time at HGST pursuing my M.Div. He is one gone too soon. Thank you Dr. Thank you.

  10. David M. Gustafson

    I was a colleague of Dr. Worden at HGST. I remember talking with him about a common professor that we both had in seminary (him as Asbury and me at Trinity), separated by about 40 years. We had the identical notes from the same professor. It was a fun moment to share with Ron as we compared the notes.

  11. Candace Stroup

    Dr. Worden gave me and many others a great opportunity to learn and grow spiritually and intellectually at HGST. He will be missed. "Peace be with you", Worden family.

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