Allan Babcock, 74, of New Port Richey, FL, went to be with Jesus from his home Sunday, October 28, 2018 after an 11-year battle with Primary Lateral Sclerosis. Refusing to give into the disease, Allan continued to serve as Pastor of SonRise Community Church, New Port Richey, until 2014 when his symptoms forced him into retirement. An avid student of The Bible, his retirement years were spent writing his blog, The Old Preacher, where he shared Scripture and applications of its truth for his readers. He was a gifted communicator both in writing and speaking. A loving, humble, gentle man, he wanted Jesus to be seen in everything he did.
Totally homebound for the last four months, Allan’s family was regularly with him—and at his bedside as he slept in a peaceful coma for 27 hours before God took him into eternity. Married to his high school sweetheart, Lois Struss, he died the day after their 56th Anniversary. Besides his loving wife, Allan is survived by son Michael Babcock and wife Kathy, parents of Zackary, Matthew and Hope; daughter Missy Dunderman and husband Danny; daughter Meridith Clark and husband Chad, parents of Channing, Faith, and Nicholas; and adult grandchildren Jordan Babcock and Moriah Grube, all in the New Port Richey area.
Born in Paterson, NJ, Allan lived 45 years in NJ, interrupted with earning his B.A. Degree in Bible at Central Bible College, Springfield, MO in 1970. Upon graduation he accepted the pastorate at Atco Assembly of God, Atco, NJ. In 1973 Allan founded and pastored The Living Church, Montclair, NJ, for 14 years and then moved his family to Palm Harbor, FL in 1989. Allan pastored Port Richey Community Church, renamed SonRise Community Church and relocated to 9970 Ridge Rd, New Port Richey, 1990-2014.
Allan was a devoted Bible student until his death. He was musically talented (writing almost 100 scripture worship choruses) and loved to sing and play his guitar. He played baseball and coached several youth teams during his life. He endured running and biking, and enjoyed swimming. Above everything, Allan was devoted to following Jesus and helping others learn more about his Lord and Savior. He was passionate about The Gospel and tremendously fulfilled with 44 years of pastoring. He loved ministering to people; he loved serving. Second only to his commitment to Christ, was his relationship with his wife and family. He could say with C.S. Lewis, “I’ve done what I was put on earth to do. I’m ready to go home.” He is predeceased by his parents, Hubert and Lucille Babcock, and brother Glenn. A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, November 17, 1 pm at SonRise Community Church, 9970 Ridge Road, New Port Richey, Fl 34654. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Samaritan’s Purse (a Christian international relief charity), designated for Hurricane Michael relief in the Panhandle.