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Adolfo Carrion

After a brief battle with pancreatic cancer, Dr. Adolfo Carrión Sr., pastor of Ebenezer Pentecostal Temple in Newark, New Jersey, passed away Friday, September 5. He was 79.

Carrión, who served in leadership at the Assemblies of God Spanish Eastern District for nearly 40 years, was the treasurer of The Council of Churches of the City of New York. He was also the founding chairman of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition and superintendent emeritus of the Assemblies of God Spanish Eastern District since his retirement as district superintendent in 1999. In addition, he organized two AG districts — the District of Puerto Rico and the Southeastern Spanish District of Florida (now the Florida Multicultural District).

Rev. Carrión grew the Hispanic Assemblies of God from 47 congregations in the New York City metro area to more than 360 congregations in Eastern United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. While superintendent, he envisioned and developed the 120-acre Camp Mahanaim in the Catskills, which served as the home for a new Bible college, ministers' retreat, and summer camp for children.

He also served in many different leadership roles including president of the AG Association of Latino Superintendents; president of the Association of Interdenominational Pentecostal Leaders; executive president of Teen Challenge, Puerto Rico; executive director of the AG Bible College of Puerto Rico (Colegio Teológico del Caribe); executive director of Radiovisión Cristiana; executive director of NYC Christian Children Parade; trustee of Valley Forge Christian College; executive member of New Hope USA; and executive member of A.M.E.N. International Evangelical Leaders.

In a press release from the National Association of Evangelicals, Dr. Gabriel Salguero, president of The National Latino Evangelical Coalition (NaLEC) said, "Although heaven has gained, the Hispanic Pentecostal church in the United States has lost a father and a general. Dr. Carrión was the preeminent Hispanic Pentecostal leader of our generation."

During his many years of service to the church and community, Carrión was recognized by the city of New York, receiving its highest honor, the bronze medal. He also received the highest honor offered by the New York Theological Seminary, The Sower Award.

Dr. Nino González, superintendent of the AG Florida Multicultural District, said, "Dr. Carrión was for me more than just a leader. He was one of the finest statesmen and architects of Hispanic Pentecostalism in the Americas. He had a pastor's heart but his work led him to international influence. An influence Dr. Carrión never used for personal gain. Carrión's humility was truly inspiring. His influence cannot be overstated."

"Dr. Carrión's leadership has left an indelible imprint on the Assemblies of God in his generation as well as future generations," said Efraim Espinoza, director of AG Hispanic Relations. "He was steadfast in his convictions yet sensitive to the potential for innovative changes. Dr. Carrión's life was a living example of integrity in ministry and dedication to his family. He was a friend to ministers."

Dr. Carrión is survived by his wife, Elisa; his four children, Elizabeth (Kevin) Stevens; Adolfo III (Linda); Damaris (Isham) Harris; and Lizette; and 10 grandchildren.

Carrión's memorial service was held on Tuesday, September 9, at The Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, New York. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery in The Bronx, New York.

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