1940 – 2019
Pastor Tom Robinson, Church of God (Seventh Day) leader and minister within and among our greater Los Angeles, California congregations for decades, passed away September 7, 2019, surrounded by family. Born November 19, 1940, he was 78 years old and held a Retirement Ministerial License from our North American Ministerial Council at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife, Irene, and their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Pastor Robinson worked with Elder Trinidad Padilla in the early days of the San Fernando, California church, and he served that congregation as its pastor for almost twenty years following Elder Padilla’s departure. For a time Brother Robinson also served as assistant pastor and pastor of the Pasadena, California congregation, and as pastor of the Lakewood, California congregation for a number of years.
His influence extended beyond these congregations. Fellow pastor, Reuben Zaragoza, writes, “Brother Tom’s pastoring had a big effect on a lot of people with whom he fellowshipped, including us here in Ontario, CA. . . . They looked to him as their mentor, pastor, and teacher.” West Coast District Superintendent Larry Zaragoza writes, “Tom was a true team player. I will miss him.”
Well done, thou good and faithful servant.