George Eiler Ekeroth went home to be the Lord December 08, 2014. He went peacefully, surrounded by family in his last days at home after a lengthy battle with Vascular Dementia. Throughout his lifetime he was an example of faithful godliness in every area of his life. He leaves a lasting legacy to his family and to many others around the world.
George was born on May 29, 1935 in Duluth Minnesota to Lillian and Eiler Ekeroth. He was the youngest of three children. Growing up he had a passion for photography and would later work for Gallagher Studios and the Minnesota Woolen Company. On August 4, 1955 he married Joy Lanes, daughter of Pastor Ted and Mildred Lanes. George served as Ted Lanes’ associate pastor at Calvary Temple in Duluth.
In 1964, he moved his family to San Diego where he began a 16 year association with Morris Cerullo World Evangelism. During this period of time he would minister in well over 100 countries and among them was Israel. God gave him a love for the Jewish people and building bridges between Jews and Christians would be his passion for the rest of his life. In 1980, he joined Shlomo Hizak at The Jerusalem Center for Biblical Studies and Research. He would serve as the director of the United States office and over the next 30 years he would travel to Israel as many as 150 times along with many other countries of the world. In 2004, he was appointed President and Executive Director of the Assemblies of God International Fellowship, an association of independent full gospel churches and ministers. In January, 2014 he was given the title of President Emeritus.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Lois Pahl and brother, Hollis Ekeroth. He is survived by his wife Joy with whom he shared 59 years of marriage, nine children and 23 grandchildren. His children are: Stephen Ekeroth and his wife, Denise, of Escondido, California; Todd Ekeroth and his wife, Charlie, of San Diego, California; David Ekeroth and his wife, Dyane, of San Diego; Jon Ekeroth and his wife, Jamie, of San Diego; Christine Ekeroth and her husband, Kevin Murphy, of San Diego; Cara Dawson and her husband, Chad, of Winchester, California; Dan Ekeroth and his wife, Erin, of San Diego; Cheryl Mittan and her husband, Christopher, of San Diego and Tedd Ekeroth and his wife, Krystina, of San Diego.
George’s life and memory will live on through the many people he touched around the world. He will be missed by so many, but especially his wife Joy and his family. Please pray for them during this difficult time.