Saturday, November 27, 2021

OBITUARY of Dr. Alfonso G. Pablo, Sr.



Alfonso “Alfon” Granadozo Pablo, Sr., 82, went home to be with his Creator, Savior, and Master on November 24, 2021, at the Philippine Heart Center in Quezon City.

Alfonso was born September 29, 1939, in Camiling, Tarlac, Philippines to Bartolome Pablo and Antonia Granadozo. Alfon is focused and determined. At a young age he was familiar with farming and helped in their rice fields. He learned early the value of planting seeds and hard work. One of his favorite childhood memories he frequently talked about was caring for carabaos (water buffalos) and having them fight while he and his friends rode on them, unaware of the dangers.

His ungodly, self-centered youth days were spent in the beautiful and bustling town of Marbel in Koronadal, South Cotabato. A natural athlete, he played for gamble and competed in volleyball and high jump. God intervened and called him to a life transformed by His grace and to dedicated service in the ministry. For this purpose, he finished his Bachelor of Theology at Wesleyan Bible College in Kabacan, Cotabato, Master of Divinity at Asian Theological Seminary in Quezon City, Doctor of Ministry at Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary in Baguio City, and Doctor of Philosophy at Alliance Graduate School in Makati, Manila.

Rev. Dr. Alfonso G. Pablo, Sr. is an ordained minister of the Wesleyan Church of the Philippines and served as General Superintendent for sixteen years. Before that, he served in various Wesleyan Church ministries as church planter, pastor, Bible College faculty and President, General Secretary of Educational Institutions and Sunday Schools, and Assistant General Superintendent. He also served in various para-church organizations, Bible Colleges, and seminaries namely Philippine Association of Bible and Theological Schools (PABATS), Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC), Philippine Relief and Development Services, Inc. (PHILRADS), Philippine Association of Christian Education (PACE), PACE Graduate School of Christian Education (PGSCE), Wesleyan Graduate School (WGS), Philippine Bible Society (PBS), Overseas Missionary Society (OMS), Holiness Association Philippines, Philippine Crusade, Every Home for Christ Philippines (EHCP), Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary (APNTS), Asian Theological Seminary (ATS), Asia Evangelistic Fellowship Philippines (AEFP), Discipling a Whole Nation (DAWN), Global Transformation Ministries Inc. (GTMI) and the Wesleyan World Fellowship (WWF).

His retirement years were spent on being a resource speaker and adjunct seminary professor, helping organize a group of retired ministers called Capacity Assistance League for Elders’ Best (CALEB) with the mission of encouragement and mentorship, spending time with his children and grandchildren, tending his garden in New Tanza, and writing his four signature books: Transforming Leaders, Transforming Households, Transforming Believers, and the last one Transforming Faith which is still in his own handwriting form.  This one he fervently crafted daily for long hours and sacrificed sleep to get it done and hopefully published before God calls him Home. God decided it was time for him to rest, so with the family’s pledge to get it done, he went into a deep sleep and his spirit returned to his Maker.

He is survived by his wife and best friend of 53 years, Filipina “Fely” Arciaga-Pablo of Antipolo, Rizal; four children and their spouses Shinar Fe and Jofre, Alfonso Jr. and Alma, Alvin Wesley and Sheila, Aldean Wayne and Jessica; twelve grandchildren Shekinah and Josh, Alfonso III, Ava Raphaella, Alijah Faith, and Alfonso IV, Zygfryd Jon, Neome Eilah, and Alshley Jia, Eleazar Wayne, Gabriel James, and Ephraim Silas; and his sister Consolacion Pablo.

Memorial services will be held at The Haven of Angels in Antipolo, Rizal on the following dates: November 26, 27, and 28. The final memorial service will be held at Rosales Wesleyan Bible College Pangasinan this November 30.