June 18, 2010
Central Louisiana lost one of its most notable spiritual figures when the Rev. Gerald Archie “G.A.” Mangun died Thursday. He was 91.
Mangun, the longtime pastor of The Pentecostals of Alexandria, helped grow the church from less than 40 members when he arrived in Alexandria in 1950 to about 4,000 at the time of his death.
Visitation will be from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday in the main sanctuary of The Pentecostals of Alexandria at 2817 Rapides Ave. The memorial service will follow at 6 p.m.
Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Pineville. A graveside service will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m.
“To me, he was a great mentor, a great person and a bigger-than-life spiritual leader,” said Charles Charrier, who met Mangun in 1966 and credits the late pastor as a major influence in his life. “He represented everything good, true, honorable and honest. His passing grieves me deeply.”
“(Gov. Bobby Jindal) told me, ‘Every time you were with your daddy, you left with your spirit lifted,'” said Anthony Mangun, who succeeded his father as senior pastor with The Pentecostals of Alexandria. “He had quite a far-reaching effect on people’s lives.
Click on these links to see Bishop Mangun in action:
Bishop Mangun singing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7e8EeU6vrNQ
More Bishop Mangun singing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzjg8nQ6Axk
Three generations of Manguns: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-0eWBIJUG4
Mar. 11, 1919 – June 17, 2010
PLYMOUTH – Reverend Gerald Archie Mangun, a native of Plymouth, passed from this life on Thursday, June 17, in Alexandria, Louisiana. Born on March 11, 1919 in LaPaz, Indiana, he was 91 years of age. He is preceded in death by his parents, Walter Mangun and Bertha Birk Mangun, and four of his six siblings, Woodrow Riddle, Mildred Mangun Shock, Gladys Mangun Starkweather, and Grace Mangun Coleman. Walter and Bertha Birk Mangun were the founding pastors of The Old Time Religion Tabernacle of Plymouth (now known as The House of Prayer), and they continued to pastor in Plymouth for over forty years. He is survived by his wife, Vesta Layne (Gibson) Mangun; and only son, G. Anthony (Mickey) Mangun. He will be missed by his two grandchildren, Miquell (Jeffrey) Hennigan and Gentry Mangun; as well as two great grandchildren, Eva Mykayle Hennigan and Gibson David Hennigan. His two remaining sisters, Dr. Ruth Holland of Columbus, IN and Martha Spencer of Plainwell, MI also mourn his passing. After graduating from Lincoln High School in Plymouth, in 1938, G. A. Mangun attended Apostolic Bible Institute in St. Paul, MN. He was ordained as a minister in 1942. (He received an Honorary Doctorate from A.B.I. in 1986.) On September 10, 1943 he married Vesta Layne Gibson. For just a little over seven years, this couple traveled extensively across the United States, sharing the Gospel message. Their only son, Anthony, was born in January of 1950. In June of 1950, G. A. Mangun was elected Pastor of the First United Pentecostal Church in Alexandria, LA (now known as The Pentecostals of Alexandria). At the time, the small church building at 16th and Day Streets was the church home to a congregation of 38 adult members. Today, the church campus on Rapides Avenue includes a Family Life Center, the G. A. Mangun Center auditorium and education building, and a main sanctuary seating 3,000. From July 25, 1950, the day the Manguns moved to Alexandria, until the day of his passing, G. A. Mangun was a man committed to prayer and the furtherance of the Gospel — in Alexandria, in Louisiana, in the United States, in the world. His love and commitment had no bounds. A few years ago, teaching a class of young men aspiring to ministry, he said, “At 85 years of age I still spend no less than two to four hours a day in prayer – still pursuing a greater degree of intimacy with Jesus Christ. Everything about me springs from a single source, from one aim: ‘to preach Jesus Christ and His gospel to the uttermost parts of the earth and to influence yet another generation for Jesus Christ.'” Over the course of his lifetime in Alexandria, he served as Chaplain for the Louisiana State Police (Troop E), the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Department, and the Civil Air Patrol. He is a long-standing member of the Rapides Parish Airport Authority and the Alexandria Port Authority. He also served as a member of the St. Francis Cabrini Hospital’s Advisory Board. He was a respected member of the clergy in Central Louisiana and was frequently called upon to participate in building dedications and other official city and community events. He officiated at the first burial in Alexandria Memorial Gardens. From 1951-2007, he served as the Presbyter over United Pentecostal Churches in the Louisiana District’s Section Seven, comprised of approximately 35 churches in the Central Louisiana parishes. As Presbyter, he served as a member of the District Board of the Louisiana District United Pentecostal Church. He became the longest tenured District Board member in any District in United Pentecostal Church history, a record still unbroken. Following his retirement, he was named as an Honorary Member of that Board. While leading his local church, and serving on various committees and on the Board of the Louisiana District, Bishop Mangun also served the United Pentecostal Church International as a member of the Foreign Missions Board from 1982 until the present. In 1986-87, he served a single term as an Executive Presbyter of the UPCI General Board. Commemorating Bishop Mangun’s 70th birthday, then City of Alexandria Mayor Ned Randolph declared March 11, 1989 “G. A. Mangun Day” in Central Louisiana. In 2002, the Louisiana National Guard presented G. A. Mangun with a Civilian Service Medal for his service to our community and nation. In September 2004, he was inducted into the United Pentecostal Church International’s “Order of the Faith,” – a prestigious award of the UPCI honoring Bishop Mangun “for outstanding achievement and exemplary service.” Through the years he received other awards, honors, commendations and citations too numerous to name here. During the brief time of his illness, the church’s website and the Gerald Archie Mangun FaceBook page, have been inundated with expressions of love and care, and testimonies from countless individuals whose lives were touched by G. A. Mangun. He was greatly loved and will be greatly missed by his church family and anyone who was privileged to know him. Visitation will be Tuesday, June 22nd from noon-6:00 p.m. in the Main Sanctuary of The Pentecostals of Alexandria. The memorial service will begin at 6:00 p.m. that evening. Among the officiants will be the following ministers: John Alley, David Bernard (UPCI General Superintendent), Bruce Howell (UPCI Foreign Missions Director), Kevin Cox (UPCI District Superintendent of Louisiana), Kenneth Phillips (Austin, Texas), Terry Shock, and T. F. Tenney. Pallbearers will be: Larry Clark, Wesley Garrett, Jeff Hennigan, Bruce LeBlanc, Anthony Mangun, Gentry Mangun, Gary Maxwell, Donald McKellar, Paul Nordstrom, and Terry Shock. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Louisiana District Board and the Foreign Missions Board of the United Pentecostal Church International. A graveside service will be held Wednesday, June 23rd at 10:00 a.m., with final comments and prayer by Reverends Jim Shoemake, Randy Keyes, and Jeffrey Hennigan. Following a brief gathering in the POA Sanctuary, a procession will depart from The Pentecostals of Alexandria at 9:30 a.m. Interment will be at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Pineville, Louisiana. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to The Pentecostals of Alexandria (PO Box 8838 – Alexandria, LA 71306) and will be designated for the Cuba Mission/G. A. Mangun Memorial Bible School. On-line condolences can be expressed at www.thepentecostals.org or www.hixsonbrothers.com. http://www.hixsonbrothers.com./http://www.hixsonbrothers.com.
March 11th, 1919
3 + 11 +1+9+1+9 = 34 = his life lesson = what he was here to learn = Energetic.
3 + 11 +2+0+1+0 = 17 = his personal year (from March 11th, 2010 to March 10th, 2011) = Inspirational. Health issues.