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Robert "Bob" Carrington
A Celebration of Life was held Thursday at Harvest Christian Center in Turlock, for Rev. Robert "Bob" Carrington, 93, of Modesto. He died May 9, 2009.

The McHenry Chapel of Franklin & Downs was in charge of arrangements.

Born Sept. 9, 1915, Robert was a well-known area pastor and minister. He was the pastor at Bethel Temple in Turlock, from 1947 through 1976 and Valley Christian Center in Ceres from 1980 through 1997. He was a minister with the Assemblies of God organization for 70 years. He was also a pastor at Assembly of God churches in Nevada City (1939-43), St. Helena (1943-45), the Church of the Highlands, San Bruno, (1976-79), and Clayton (1979-80).

Bob was married to Josephine Anne Carrington, who preceded him in death in 1982, and then 25 years to Barbara Carrington.

He 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, general and executive presbyters. He served 18 years as one of the Board of Directors (eight years as board chairman) for Bethany Bible College (now Bethany University), in Scotts Valley. He was instrumental in helping to establish the Assemblies of God, School of Missions and served four years on the Central District's Missions Board.

Pastor Carrington was a graduate of Southern California Bible School (now known as Vanguard University of Southern California), Costa Mesa, and he held an honorary title of Doctor of Divinity from Bethany Bible College.

At age 80, Bob retired from his pulpit ministry and began a new ministry as founder and president of God's Door Keepers which distributed an evangelistic packet, which he had developed, for young Christians who needed answers about their faith. 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, priests and ministers within prisons system (local, state and federal) across the United States and to date they have received over 4,000 letters from prisoners whose lives have be touched by the packets. He stepped down from the ministry at age 91.

He leaves behind his wife Barbara Carrington of Modesto; and their children, Fred and Joan Carrington, Dennis and Lynde Carrington, Steve Tedrow and Ann Carrington Tedrow, Tony and Carla Weatheread, Robert and Michelle Weatheread, and Johnny and Joan Weatheread, and 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Remembrances may be sent to God's Door Keepers ( or to a favorite Christian organization.

-Ceres (Calif.) Courier /May 20, 2009