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1939 Alumnus has gone on to be with the Lord

(September 09, 1915 – May 9, 2009)

Reverend Robert “Bob” Carrington, 93 years young, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, May 9, 2009.

Bob and his first wife Josephine Anne Seal, graduated from Southern California Bible School in 1939. Shortly, after graduation he married Josephine and entered the ministry. He was in the ministry for 70 years.

He was a minister and pastor in following communities/churches: Nevada City, California (1939-1943), St. Helena, California (1943-1945), Bethel Temple, Turlock, California (1947 – 1976), Church of the Highlands, San Bruno, California, (1976-1979), Clayton, California, (1979-1980), and Valley Christian Center, Ceres, California, (1980-1997).

Bob served on the Board of Directors for Bethany Bible College (now know as Bethany University), Scotts Valley, California for 18 years and 8 of those years were as the Board President.

In 1976 he received an honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity, from Bethany Bible College.

Aside from his service to Bethany Bible College, Bob served on numerous boards, committees and held a number of influential positions within the Assemblies of God organization: He was the first full time President of Christ’s Ambassadors, for the Northern California/Nevada District. He served as sectional and executive presbyters in the Northern California/Nevada District and as general presbyter at the General Council. He was instrumental in helping to establish the Assemblies of God, School of Missions and served four years on the original Missions Board. Additionally, he has served on the World Evangelism Board for the Northern California/Nevada District.

There was nothing greater for Bob than sharing Jesus, his love and the knowledge of how Jesus could change your life. At the age of 80, Bob retired from his pulpit ministry and began a new ministry as founder and President of God’s Door Keepers Through God’s Door Keepers, Bob was able to distribute an evangelistic packet, which he had developed, for young Christians, who needed answers (from the Bible) about their “New Life” in Christ. Under Bob’s management, God’s Door Keepers raised financing for the printing and distribution (free of charge) of over 600,000 of these “New Life” packets to chaplains, priest and ministers within prisons system (local, state and federal) across the United States. To date, they have received well over 4,000 letters from prisoners whose lives have been touched by the packets.

Bob’s “New Life” packets have found their way into lives across the world. They are being used by ministers, chaplains, Christian worker, priest, and missionaries as a tool to help people grow in their “New Life” in Christ. The packets have been reproduce in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, French and Arabic.

Because of advancing age, at 91, Bob chose to pass on the responsibly of God’s Door Keepers. His “New Life” packet continues to share the love of Jesus Christ and the “New Life” that is offered through him God’s Door Keepers.

Bob had two wonderful partners and great loves is his life, his first wife Josephine Anne (Seal) Carrington who preceded him in death in 1982 and his wife of 25 years, Barbara Carrington. He is survived by his wife Barbara, their children, Fred and Joan Carrington, Dennis and Lynde Carrington, Steve and Ann (Carrington) Tedrow, Tony and Carla Weatherred, Robert and Michelle Weatherred, Johnny and Joan Weatherred, 10 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Bob spent his life doing what he loved most, sharing Jesus.

There will be a service to celebrate his life on Thursday, May 14th, at 1:30PM, at Harvest Christian Center, 130 3rd. St., Turlock, California.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to God’s Door Keepers or to a Christian organization of your choice, where Jesus and his love are shared.

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