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Former Assemblies of God chief George Wooden dies aged 80

George Wooden was normal superintendent of the US Assemblies of God for 10 years.(Photograph: Assemblies of God)

Former Assemblies of God (AG) normal superintendent George Wooden has died of most cancers aged 80.

Wooden was identified with stage 4 most cancers of the esophagus on August 30, 2021, and underwent chemotherapy and scientific drug trial therapies, however these have been discontinued after he skilled “disastrous unwanted effects”, his denomination stated. 

The AG stated he took a flip for the more severe this week after contracting non-covid pneumonia. He was surrounded by his household when he died on Wednesday.

All through his most cancers battle, Wooden remained upbeat and anchored by his religion, telling his Fb followers in November, “If I’m not healed, it actually isn’t from a scarcity of religion both on my half or of all of the people who find themselves praying for me.”

Wooden served as normal superintendent of the US Assemblies of God for 10 years earlier than stepping down in 2017 on the age of 75. 

Beneath his tenure, the US denomination skilled constant numerical development, reaching 3.2 million members — an increase from 2.86 million a decade earlier. The variety of US AG church buildings additionally rose to an all-time excessive of 13,023. 

He was succeeded by Doug Clay who known as him “a person of the Phrase”, a bridge builder and a Pentecostal statesman who was revered by Christian leaders of varied denominations. 

“He had large mind, however by no means relied on that on the expense of being led by the Spirit,” stated Clay.

“He had a singular skill to open doorways for younger folks, girls, and ethnic minorities by offering them a significant seat on the desk.

“That has been a significant drive behind our development in every of these areas. His mentorship in my life was invaluable. Every management determination he made was all the time processed by way of Scripture.

“He made my love for the Bible even richer. His authorized credentials gave him a singular perspective to handle cultural points with biblical readability.”

Wooden is survived by his spouse, Jewel, to whom he was married for 56 years, and their two youngsters, son George Paul Wooden, who’s government editor of the AG’s ministry periodical, Affect, and daughter Evangeline Hope Zorehkey. 

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