An Abundant Life!

Rev. Arthur Fredrick Lagore

13th February 1931 to 8th February 2024

Arthur Fredrick Lagore was born in Eckville, Alberta on the 13th of February 1931. He passed peacefully into the presence of his Lord on the 8th of February 2024 at the age of 92 after grieving the loss of his wife Gladys May Lagore who predeceased him on the 13th of October 2023.

Faith was the focus of Arthur’s life from the time his parents found the Lord at a Free Methodist Camp Meeting. Arthur’s life and vocation was later determined by a specific divine calling to serve as a missionary to Africa. He left the farm to enroll in the Canadian Northwest Bible Institute in 1951. After graduation, he and Earl Trekofski, a classmate, planted a church in Evansburg, Alberta. It was during this time Arthur met Gladys Miller who also had a call of God on her life to serve in Africa. Arthur was ordained to the ministry by the Fellowship of Christian Assemblies convention in 1956, and in December the same year Arthur left for Africa where he and Gladys were married January 12th, 1957. These two special people faithfully and sacrificially served the Xhosa people of Transkei, South Africa for 38 years where they planted 90 churches and started the Transkei Bible College which resulted in 180 men and women being certified for the ministry.

Arthur and Gladys returned to Canada in 1993 after turning the work over to national leadership. But in Arthur’s own words, “When one has a call of God to go into His service it stays with one until He is finished with you there.  Then He calls you to Glory!  The very fact that we are still here and have a vision or dream is a good sign we still have work to do.” Arthur went on to pastor the Heimdal Community Church for the next 10 years. During this time, he also became a founder member and first President of SAM Ministries Inc., a mission organization affiliated with the Fellowship of Christian Assemblies that became the supporting organization to Dwight (Arthur’s middle son) and Lynn’s mission work in Mozambique and Earl and Ruth Trekofski’s work in Brazil. Arthur, with Gladys by his side, also helped in the construction of Freedom Outreach in Denare Beach, Saskatchewan, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation and discipleship program started by Allen (his youngest son) and Kandie Lagore. Arthur was also instrumental with Steven (his eldest son) and Karen in planting Crossroads Christian Assembly where Arthur served as he was able until his passing.

Arthur’s dedication to his Lord was clearly seen in his dedication to his family and specifically to Gladys, his wife for 66 years. His unwavering love and care for her in the last years of her life were a profound testament of Christlike love! Even through difficult times, Arthur will be remembered for his great sense of humour, while at the same time taking every chance to share his faith with anyone and everyone he met.

Arthur was predeceased by his younger brother, George. He is survived by his brothers Bill, Dave and Stan Lagore, all of whom also served in full time pastoral ministry in Canada with their families, as well as his three son’s and their wives, Steven and Karen Lagore, Dwight and Lynn Lagore and Allen and Kandie Lagore and their families.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Hope City Church, 2225 66th Street NW, Edmonton, AB. T6K 4E6 at 13:00 on March 16th 2024. All are welcome.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to donations@teenchallenge.tc, or to office@samministrie.org with a note for “Arthur Lagore memorial”.

SAM Ministries has also established an endowment fund as a memorial to Arthur and Gladys Lagore for the purchase of mission infrastructure. Contact office@samministries.org for more information.