Dr. Robert E. Fisher
Yes, I knew Dr. Robert Fisher. He was overseer here [in Hawaii]
in the early 70's and has been a dedicated leader for our denomination
for over 35 years. It is with regret that I report to you that He
has passed away this year. The following article should be of
interest to you.
Bishop Douglas W. White
Pastor, Honolulu Church of God
Dr. Robert Fisher Passed Away September 28, 2005
It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of the passing of Dr.
Robert E. Fisher. Dr. Fisher passed away last evening at Emory Hospital
in Atlanta. He was surrounded by his loving wife, Mary, and his three
children, Bob, Cameron and Lorri.
Dr. Fisher served the Church of God in numerous leadership capacities.
He was the former superintendent of West Coast Bible College and was
the state overseer for Hawaii, Delmarva-DC, North Georgia and Western
North Carolina. He was the General Director of Education from
1976-1984. In 1989, he was elected to the Church of God Executive
Committee where he served 7 years as General Secretary-Treasurer and
Assistant General Overseer. From 1996-2000, he was the Director of
Ministerial Care for the denomination. In 2000, Dr. Fisher founded and
has been executive director of the Center
for Spiritual Renewal
in Cleveland, Tennessee. An important
part of this ministry is the leading and directing of the Centennial
Celebration for the Azusa Street Revival which will take place in Los
Angeles April 25-29, 2006.
The Center for Spiritual Renewal, PO Box 3976, Cleveland, Tennessee,
Dear Don and Patti,
Thank you for your newsletter received a few days ago. It is
heartwarming to read of how involved you are in the Gulf Coast
ministry. It is hard to comprehend the devastation until it is
seen first hand. Our son, Cameron, went down & helped for several
days after Katrina hit & was so moved by what he saw.
In case you haven't heard by now, it is with deep regret that we tell
you about the passing of our beloved Bob. It was on August 28 when he
began feeling ill. On September 9 he was diagnosed with acute leukemia
and just 19 days later on September 28, he was taken. The doctor said
the disease had been working in his body for several months. Looking
back, I can see some of the signs, but we never dreamed something so
serious was going on.
As you might know, five years ago he started a new ministry, Center for Spiritual Renewal. Many
wonderful things have happened during this time. His latest project is
the Azusa Street Centennial which is scheduled for the last week of
April, 2006. This meeting, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the
1906 Azusa Street revival in Los Angeles, was birthed in his heart and
he was happily and vigorously pursuing making it happen. It still will
happen, and we think will be quite an event to the glory of God. (You
can read about it on the web at azusastreet100.net. Other
information about his ministry is at spiritualrenewal.net.)
We are still wondering about the timing of his death, considering his
vision for the future, but our ways are not always God's ways. His
motto was "My Life for God's Glory", and we are believing that there
will also be glory in his passing.
I will be praying for you and your ministry.
Subj: Re: Robert E. Fisher Update
Thank you for your kind and informative email. Patti and I are so sorry
about Bob's passing, yet rejoice in his heavenly graduation. Please be
assured of our love and prayers for you and the family, as well as the
ongoing ministry of the Center for Spiritual Renewal.
I went onto both websites and found them very interesting. Bob had told
me about CSR, and I had also heard of the Azusa Street Centennial. The
Lord willing, I am planning on attending. I'll be in Pakistan with a
team in March involved in conferences and crusades in various parts of
the nation, so I should be able to attend the Azusa events for late
We are very grateful for all that Bob and you have meant to our lives
and ministry over the years. The facility on the Fort St. Mall in
Honolulu was a beacon of light to thousands of troubled youth and
adults -- both through your counseling and educational services, and
our Teen Challenge administrative & outreach ministries. Bob was
also a great blessing as a member of our TC Board of Directors.
Thank you, too, for your occasional ministry support for Patti and I.
As the Lord leads and gives us strength, we plan to continue with
international training and evangelism through YWAM and others we
network with. So many yet need the Lord and to be discipled.
Lovingly in Christ,
Don & Patti Hall
17 Corte Montena
Lake Elsinore, CA 92532