Adventists around the world have responded with shock and sadness at the sudden passing of Pastor Stenio Gungadoo, a recently retired pastor from the Victorian Conference who collapsed on Sabbath, August 20, in the Kenyan city of Kisumu.
He was a wise counsellor with a love for learning and a deep commitment to the study of the Word.
According to Kenya’s Standard newspaper, Pastor Gungadoo, 71, arrived in Kenya on Thursday to deliver a week-long series of meetings for the Migosi Adventist Church. After complaining of severe chest pains on Sabbath morning he collapsed in his hotel room and was unable to be revived. The Avenue Hospital recorded cardiac arrest as the cause of death.
Originally from the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius, Pastor Gungadoo served the Adventist Church for 47 years as a pastor, evangelist and administrator in Africa, as mission president in New Caledonia, as union president in Fiji and as a church pastor in the Victorian Conference from 2001 until his retirement at the end of 2014.
The world president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Dr Ted Wilson, paid tribute to Pastor Gungadoo, describing him as “an extremely capable department director and dedicated administrator” and recalling the privilege he had of serving with Pastor Gungadoo at Church division headquarters in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.
“Many lives were impacted in Victoria through Stenio’s preaching, teaching, pastoring, administering, mentoring and leadership,” says an official statement released by the Victorian Conference. “He was a wise counsellor with a love for learning and a deep commitment to the study of the Word. He was passionate about digging into the Scriptures and sharing his discoveries with others through preaching and teaching.”
Pastor Gungadoo is survived by his wife, Maryse, and son, Daryl. Plans are currently being made for the transfer of the body and a burial in Australia.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this time,” says the Victorian Conference statement. “We look forward to being reunited with him when Christ comes again.”