Operation Compassion Leader David Lorency Passes Away

By , April 3, 2020

David B. Lorency, president of Operation Compassion, passed away unexpectedly early this morning April 3, 2020. He was 75.

Lorency spent 48 years in ministry with the Church of God, characterized by reaching the poor and underprivileged, starting with outreach to sailors and street witnessing in Norfolk, Va. He began coffee houses, servicemen’s centers, and beach ministry stations which grew to reach thousands of youth.

Throughout his ministry, Lorency also served as a pastor, where at each location his leadership focused on the needs of that community and encouraging the church to respond. He was an Evangelism Director for Northern New England, Chicago Metro and California. Lorency was responsible for starting more than 100 ethnically diverse churches.

In 2000, David Lorency was selected to serve as Executive Director of Operation Compassion, a non-profit international disaster relief organization. He has guided and directed the growth and development of Operation Compassion from a small charity starting with a pick-up truck and $200 to an organization handling more than 1,500 semis or more per year. Lorency has been instrumental in OC’s financial growth as well. In 2006, he was named president.

David Lorency has been married to his wife, Laura, for 54 years. They have four daughters, four sons-in-law, eleven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Operation Compassion (operationcompassion.org).

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