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