Assemblies of God SearchSite GuideStoreContact Us
Evangelism, Worship, Discipleship & Compassion

News RSS Feed

Audio News Reports

   Additional Headlines & Audio Reports

Search AG News

Greg Mundis
AG World Missions Executive Director Greg Mundis in Sri Lanka.

The U.S. Assemblies of God is not the only AG celebrating its centennial this year.

More than 22,000 people gathered at a rugby stadium to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first Pentecostal missionaries who came to Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) in 1914, the same year the U.S. Assemblies of God was founded.

Thousands travelled long distances at great personal sacrifice to attend the event despite extreme persecution by religious extremists. Across the country, more than 200 AG churches have been attacked and vandalized, and some have been burned. A number of pastors have been physically beaten and even martyred.

AGWM Executive Director Greg Mundis spoke at the event encouraging pastors to continue to persevere in proclaiming the gospel and establishing more churches. He says, "I was overwhelmed by God's work in Sri Lanka and by the passion believers had to be together to celebrate! They are putting everything - themselves, their families, everything - on the line to spread the gospel. They are modern-day living martyrs. It was humbling."

Dishan Wickramaratne, general superintendent of the Sri Lanka AG and pastor of Peoples Church, a congregation of more than 8,000 in Colombo, the nation's capital, will be speaking at the centennial celebration of the U.S. Assemblies of God in Springfield, Missouri, on August 9.

Recently Pastor Wickramaratne said, "When persecution has increased, we remember what one of our pastors said, 'If our faith is good enough to live for, it's good enough to die for.'"

To view pictures from the Sri Lanka celebration, see the AG World Missions article.


Search Assemblies of God News Archives

Resources

 

Mega Sports Camp Beyond The Gold

 

Item # 33TW0300

Price $129.99

 


You Might Also Like


Videos (AGTV)

AG News

Return to News Index

Glen Cole passes away

Wed, 15 Feb 2012 - 3:02 PM CST

Glen Cole
Glen Cole

Glen D. Cole, the well-known and highly respected Assemblies of God minister who built Capital Christian Center (AG) in Sacramento, California, into a megachurch, passed away Tuesday of an apparent heart attack. He was 78.

Cole, an avid golfer and in apparent good health, was found unresponsive in his car in the parking lot of Trinity Life Center (AG) in Sacramento. He could not be revived. Cole had accepted the pastorate of Trinity Life Center in 2008 and had guided its growth from about 150 to a congregation of more than 1,100.

A former member of the AG Executive Presbytery (1985-95) and the former Northern California-Nevada District Superintendent (1997-2004), Cole was regarded as a compassionate leader and a visionary who relied upon God's Word to form his opinions and direction in life.

"Brother Cole was a great champion of the gospel and a great promoter of missions," said AG General Superintendent George O. Wood in a written statement. "Whatever he put his hand to prospered. He was a good friend to me, always caring and supportive."

A graduate of Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri, Cole began his ministry at Bethel Temple in Dayton, Ohio, in 1956. He was ordained by the Ohio District in 1959. He would go on to pastor churches in Marion, Ohio; Maple Valley, Washington; Seattle, Washington; and Olympia, Washington; before accepting the pastorate of Capital Christian Center (then known as Bethel Temple) in Sacramento in 1978, growing the church to about 5,000. He retired in 1995, becoming the Northern California-Nevada District superintendent from 1997-2004. In 2004, he joined his son, Rick, as the executive pastor at Capital Christian Center until 2006. He responded to the request to pastor again in 2008 as senior pastor of Trinity Life Center.

Cole is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary Ann; sons Randy (Joanne) and Rick (Cathy); and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, February 20, in the Capital Christian Center auditorium, 9470 Micron Ave., Sacramento. The service will also be live-streamed from the Capital Christian Center website.

Authors: AG News

Search Assemblies of God News Archives