John 14:3 - When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.
Andraé Edward Crouch (July 1, 1942 – January 8, 2015) was an American gospel singer, songwriter, arranger, recording artist, record producer, and pastor. Referred to as "the father of modern gospel music" by contemporary and gospel music professionals, Crouch was known for his compositions The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power, My Tribute (To God Be the Glory) and Soon and Very Soon. In the 1980s in secular music for leading choirs that sang on the Michael Jackson hit Man in the Mirror as well as Madonna's Like a Prayer.
Andraé Edward Crouch was born on July 1, 1942 in San Francisco, California, along with his twin sister, Sandra to parents Benjamin and Catherine (neé Hodnett) Crouch. When he was young, Crouch's parents owned and operated Crouch Cleaners, a dry-cleaning business, as well as a restaurant business in Los Angeles, California.
In addition to running the family business, Crouch's parents had a street ministry and a hospital and prison ministry. When Crouch was 11, his father was invited to speak for several weeks at a small church as a guest preacher.
Crouch's father and the church's congregation encouraged the young boy to play during the services. At the piano, Crouch found the key in which the congregation was singing and started to play. After this, Crouch honed his piano-playing skills and, in time, wanted to write his own music. When he was 14 years old, he wrote his first Gospel song.
Between 1993 and 1994 his father, mother, and older brother all died. Following his father's death, he took over as Senior Pastor at Christ Memorial Church of God in Christ in Pacoima, California, the church founded by his parents, serving alongside his twin sister Sandra.
Crouch was hospitalized in early December 2014 for pneumonia and congestive heart failure. As a result, his December tour was postponed. He was hospitalized again on January 3, 2015 in Los Angeles, as the result of a heart attack. Crouch died five days later on January 8, 2015, at the age of 72. On the same day, his sister, Sandra, released the following statement: "Today my twin brother, womb-mate and best friend went home to be with the Lord. Please keep me, my family and our church family in your prayers. I tried to keep him here but God loved him best."
Your words "Through It All" resonates around the world today as hope for all who believe.
Rest in peace my brother. You left all of us an example of God and what His power is able to do in the life of one that is willing to surrender it all to Him.
John 12:26-Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
You will be missed dearly. We know that scripture declares "to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord" for all them that believe.
We love you my brother and you will be greatly missed.