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Rev. Robert K. Schmidgall Shared Lifetime of Ministry With Illinois District

A servant in many regards, Rev. Robert K. Schmidgall passed away January 6, 1998. His service to the Assemblies of God included the positions of assistant district superintendent of Illinois (1980-93), general presbyter (1979-1996), non-resident executive presbyter (1985-96), and he was a sectional presbyter for a number of years. He was 55 at the time of his death.

Robert Schmidgall was born in Bloomington, Ill., in 1943. He was proud of the fact he graduated in the top 10 of his Minier High School class-there were 10 people in the class. He was, however, the valedictorian.

Rev. Schmidgall received his B.A. in Bible from Central Bible College in Springfield, Mo. Several years later, he received Central Bible College's Alumnus of the Year Award.

Schmidgall was licensed by the Illinois District of the Assemblies of God in 1964 and ordained in 1969. During his early ministry there, he took part in Operation Saturation. In 1967, as part of CBC's church planting program, he became the founding pastor of what was then Calvary Temple in Naperville, Ill. He was still serving in that capacity when he passed away. Now Calvary Church, the congregation averages around 3,000 on a Sunday morning.

His heart for worship was expressed in an interview with 'United Evangelical Action': "Worship should not stop on Sunday morning. It should be carried on throughout the week as we go to work and in whatever we do. Worship is a two-way street. Worship affects the way we act, but we must also remember that the way we act also affects the way we worship on Sunday morning."

Schmidgall also stressed, "We need to recognize the power of total participation [in worship.] When each person is worshiping there is a feeling of being engaged with his fellow worshipers. And we must keep in mind that for each worshiper, the worship experience is a time of celebration, such that it creates a release for all participants. For this reason, no one in the congregation can simply be a passive observer. Each one must be involved."

Pastor Schmidgall was active on the Foreign Missions Board and the boards of Central Bible College, Illinois Teen Challenge, and others. Foreign ministry included speaking engagements in Africa, Europe, and the Far East.

Schmidgall is survived by his wife Karen; four children, Rev. Robb (wife Carrie) Schmidgall, Lora (Mrs. Mark) Batterson, Joel, and Amanda; three grandchildren; four brothers; and one sister. Said Illinois District Superintendent Paul R. Martin, "As we mourn the loss of our brother and friend, we rejoice in the knowledge that he is with his Savior."


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