Reverend Wendall “Wendy” Dahlgren Hodges, 75, passed away Monday, April 2, 2018 in Virginia Beach, VA. Wendy was born January 2, 1943 to Wendell and Ethele Hodges in Dahlgren, VA. He was a graduate of Hammond High School in Alexandria, Virginia. He studied theology at Berean College and then received his license to preach with the Assemblies of God in 1979.
Wendy met the love of his life, Susan Elizabeth Hodges, at First Assembly of God in Alexandria, VA. They were married on December 5, 1964. During their 53 years of marriage, their union brought forth two children, Todd and Tiffany.
In his early years, Wendy enjoyed playing and coaching softball. As the coach of First Assembly Men’s Softball Team, he led his team to numerous championships. He also enjoyed coaching his son’s little league baseball team. Although an avid sports fan, Wendy’s greatest passion was the ministry of Christ.
He began his work in ministry serving as the Bus Coordinator and Sunday School Superintendent at First Assembly. He served as the Youth Pastor for Franconia Assembly of God. Wendy then answered the call of God to full-time pastoral ministry and accepted his first senior pastor position at Faith Fellowship Assembly of God in Crisfield, MD. He served there for almost five years. Wendy then moved his family to Norfolk, VA to pastor Ocean View Assembly of God, where he remained faithfully, up until his final day, for 34 years.
Only God knows the impact that Wendy has made for the Kingdom of God. Countless people have come forward to testify how Wendy encouraged and mentored them in ministry. Many have lovingly spoken of his unconditional acceptance of everyone. It made no difference to him the level of talent, background, or education. Wendy believed that everyone deserved a chance. Because of his love for people and his openness to allow God to work in and through people, many have matured in Christ and have gone on to lead others in ministry.
Wendy also had an immense love and passion for the Word of God. He understood that it was only the Word of God that would transform a human heart. If one could take a small glimpse into his daily routine, they would see the seemingly endless hours he spent studying God’s Word. His tattered Bible, with seams barely held together and its pages written throughout with highlights and divine revelations, serve as a testimony to us all the vital importance of hiding God’s Word in our hearts.
Wendy is predeceased by his parents, Wendell and Ethele Hodges. Left to cherish his memory are his wife Susan; his son Todd (wife-Tina); his daughter Tiffany (husband-Jerry); grandchildren (of whom he was immensely proud!): Seth, Trevor, Luke, Jonah, Ella, Julia, and Jenna; sister Nancye (husband-Robert); and a host of other family and friends.
A visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5792 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach. Funeral services will follow immediately after the visitation. A graveside service will be held on Monday, April 9, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. at Pohick Church Cemetery, 9301 Richmond Highway, Lorton, VA 22079. In lieu of flowers, please click HERE to make contributions.
Date: Sunday, April 8, 2018
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Date: Sunday, April 8, 2018
Time: 4:00 pm