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Accident kills well-known Kingman pastor

Howard Pennington

Howard Pennington

The pastor of Praise Chapel was killed in a motorcycle accident Monday.

Howard Pennington was northbound on Stockton Hill Road around 1:15 p.m. when police said he collided with an SUV trying to make a turn.

Kingman Police Capt. Rusty Cooper said a southbound SUV driven by an 83-year-old woman drove into Pennington's path as she attempted to make a left hand turn into the shopping center.

He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Pennington was not wearing a helmet, according to police.

Cooper said the woman is believed to have been at fault in the accident and that charges were pending as of Monday afternoon.

She was not injured.

News of Pennington's death spread quickly among his many friends and church members.

"To say he was not the typical pastor would be an understatement," said longtime friend Jeff Adams.

Adams said Pennington came to Kingman in 1987. He said Pennington took Praise Chapel from a membership of about 40 ("counting the people up front and the babies in the nursery") to a congregation of more than 700 people.

"He was not highly educated, but he was wise," Adams said.

Adams said Pennington especially liked visiting with those who attended the Jacob's Ladder program hosted on Thursday nights.

Pennington had a checkered background himself before finding God and could relate to people who attended the group sessions.

A brief bio on the Praise Chapel website says that Pennington "was saved out of the wild decades of the 60s and 70s."

"Praise Chapel is the epitome of who Howard 'is,' and I use is intentionally," Adams said. "We're all broken. It wasn't that Howard knew how to fix us. He just knew who could do that for us."

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