Preacher Heeded Calling throughout U.S., World
Vondas, Jerry, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
On Sunday, Robert Owen, an Assemblies of God preacher who spent 72 years preaching the Gospel, gave his last sermon.
The topic was heaven, and he preached at First Assembly Church of God in Coraopolis.
"My father went home and died the next day," said his daughter Christine Van Luven of Harrison City.
Her father's ministry "was a calling that began when my father as a youngster attended church services in a chapel in his hometown of Bedlinog (in Wales), which was organized by his father and his father-in-law," his daughter added.
"My father began preaching the Gospel to the miners while working in the coal mines in Wales," she said.
Robert Cynddylan Owen of Penn Township, retired pastor of South Hills Assembly of God in Bethel Park, died on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, in his home. He was 88.
"It was a calling that would bring him to the United States in 1959, where he followed in the footsteps of his brother David, who was also an Assembly preacher who immigrated to the United States," said his son-in-law, Carson Van Luven.
His calling took him to Asia, Europe, Africa and Australia in his retirement, Van Luven added.
Born and raised in Bedlinog, South Wales, Mr. Owen was one of nine children in the family of coal miner William Owen and his wife, Sarah Owen. …