Remembering Our Friend & Mentor.
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DR. CORNELL LEWIS HAAN
Dr. Haan was a friend to the many! His legacy is permanently embedded in ministries worldwide. His love and devotion to the Body of Christ, particularly in networking prayer warriors, will be remembered for generations to come. It is certain in my mind that when he arrived in the arms of his Savior, he heard, "Well done my faithful servant."
Dr. Haan was a key influencer in my life. I was introduced to him through my work with the Presidential Prayer Team. During this time, I was invited to represent the Faith-Based Initiative for the state of Arizona for President George W. Bush. This position required an Advisory Committee of a minimum of 5 key leaders - Corkie was the chairperson. His role in mentoring me through my political stint will remain with me for the rest of my life. In fact, Dr. Haan remained a faithful friend until the day of his death.
Even though Corkie would never tout his impact on the global church and the world of politics, he, in my humble opinion, was a key influencer for Jesus Christ within our troubled world. You have probably heard the phrase, "Who is that man behind the curtain?" Well, that is none other than Dr. Cornell Haan. He had a special gift of empowering mentorees to pick up the mantel of the vision casting the Lord gave him. I am one of those. My love for addressing political and cultural issues comes directly from Corkie. This is the reason we have dedicated our Christ-as-Life (CAL) Political Series to him!
Most of us who were a part of his vision casting - will miss him.
I ask that you continue to pray for Ginger (wife) and his family as they adjust to the loss of this great leader, husband, father, and grandfather.
DR. CORNELL LEWIS HAAN OBITUARY
Dr. Cornell Lewis Haan, born in Chicago, IL on July 28, 1940, died in Phoenix, AZ on November 13, 2019, at age 79. He lived in Scottsdale, AZ and died as the result of a stroke.
Cornell was lovingly called Corkie by his family and friends. He worked as a teenager in his father’s business in Chicago, C. Haan Trucking. He attended Bob Jones University in South Carolina, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and Bethel Theological Seminary in St. Paul, MN, receiving his Bachelor of Divinity. He returned to Bethel some years later to receive his Doctor of Ministry degree.
Corkie was ordained in the Baptist General Conference and pastored seven churches in St. Paul [Gethsemane Baptist] and Isanti [Elim Baptist], MN; Erie [Grace Baptist], PA; Santa Rosa [Bethel Baptist] and Redlands [Calvary Baptist], CA; Bradenton [Bethel Baptist], FL; and Boulder [Harvest Baptist], CO. Several of those churches grew large and added a daughter church. Corkie impacted each community he was a part of. He was a member and officer of Kiwanis International. While in MN, he was a military chaplain. In Redlands, Corkie was a police chaplain and was on the Board of Supervisors of San Bernardino County.
Retiring from pastoral ministry, Corkie joined Mission America Coalition in 1995 and became the Facilitator of Ministry Networks, pulling together directors of parachurch ministries from all over the country. In 2001 he co-founded the Presidential Prayer Team which was launched in September and grew exponentially to over 2,000,000. Two years later he was the Evangelical Point Person for Mel Gibson’s movie, The Passion of the Christ. He continued working and consulting with people involved in various kinds of ministries. Corkie was active in the leadership of Promise Keepers. His heart was to see the body of Christ praying for their elected officials and spreading the Gospel through prayer ministries on a global scale.
Cornell L. Haan was born to Clarence K. Haan and Johanna Katherina Haan, and has a sister, Noelle Virjean Meyer. He and Marcia Jean Haan (deceased 2002) had three sons: Scott Cornell, Noel Gene, and Corey Lewis. Their wives: JoAnne, Kim, and Mia, along with eight grandchildren. Corkie remarried in 2005 and is survived by his wife, Virginia “Ginger” Ellen Haan; step-sons, Rodrick Shane Galloway and Jason Don Galloway, wife Shannon; and one grandchild and another one due in February 2020.