Remembering Rob

It is with great sadness that we let all of our friends know that Rob – beloved husband, wonderful dad, grandpa, and papa passed from this life to heaven on May 19, 2021.

Nothing prepares us for this. We will miss him greatly. We will miss the intensity, the passion, and that voice that always seemed to never give out. He was always the best storyteller ever.

Our vision is still the world, and our passion is still souls.

We want Rob’s legacy to live on and for his kids and grandkids to never forget what kind of man he was to so many people.

If you have a testimony on how Rob touched your life, a funny story, or a picture with him we’d love to hear and see it.

We appreciate all the love and support we have received. Thank you for sharing how he touched your life.
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In 1999 when my son Jonis was 2 years old he met and was prayed over by Dr. Rob Carman. I was eighteen and the only single parent at Texas Bible Institute. There wasn’t any rules for teen parents since I was the only one there, so I just applied, got accepted and took my son with me to many classes when he didn’t want to go to daycare and I took him to all the retreats. He enjoyed picking fancy ties for “Men’s” Advances. He looked forward to talking to the preachers… For the seven years that we lived in Columbus, TX every Summit and Men’s Advance I would dress mijo up and instead of attend PK’s Club he would be in the services with me under the annointing of Dr. Rob Carman, Tommy Burchfield, Dean Hawk, Phillip Baker, Mike Murdock, Charles Neimann, Tommy Barnett and even the great T.L. Osborne. One time even Joel Osteen’s mom went over out of her way to talk to little Jonis and she prayed over him too.. I was a teen and single mother willing to do anything to live by faith and keep my son under the leadership of the greats. Everyone knows these preachers and world missionaries now, but I was 20 years ahead of the game investing in my son’s life, for such a time as this. I didn’t have a college education, a reliable car or a positive bank account. But I had my bible and my passion for everything the book of Romans, Ephesians, Acts and Philippians said…(I only had that much bible knowledge at the time)… I was always in “if I can just get my little toddler to touch their cloak-mode”. And mijo did more than that!! Jonis won their hearts and they would shake his hand, let him be up in the front row with them and they would pray over him. I would watch, respectfully from the back left corner of one of the side aisles. Some of the greats never even knew who the little boy belonged to but they would love on him throughout service. I will never forget those moments. ***Sidenote: I have always been a “it’s easier to get forgiveness than permission” kinda gal and this was the case at country camp and the favor God has always given me and my son. Pastor Rob often told a story of a young 13 year old mother who trusted God and lived by faith. Her son became the greatest neurologist in the world. He also always told us to always take our children on dates and on adventures… He is the reason I would take my son on dates and teach him how to be a gentleman. He is the reason we are river rats and have done some adventures we will never post about lol.. He is the reason I never shy down. He is the reason the microphone falls easy in the palm of my hand and in the palm of my son’s hand. His boldness is what I learned most the 22 years he was our family hero. Pastor Rob is known to get so passionate when he preaches he slaps men on the chest…my son was always to little to be slapped😆😆…until right before he moved to N.A.S. Pensacola. Dr. Rob happened to be in town at our church and when he saw us, he knew us right away. And as soon as he heard Jonis was about to commission as an Officer in the world’s greatest Air Force he just started slapping his chest! ✋✋✋✋✋😆😆😆😆. God answers prayers even if some take 20 years lol…it was all I hoped for when my son was two years old. I never knew this would be the last time we would see Pastor Rob though. ..And he also prayed over Jonis, just like the good ol’ days. Except this time not for a little boy but for a man. I will never forget the power in his words over my son’s life. The story of the young mom is one of manynI hold dear to me. It is why I never gave up and never stopped trusting God as a young mother. My son is not a neurologist; he has a different life path but at the young age of 21 he became an aviator and 2nd Lieutenant. Pastor Rob talks about Warriors. My son is a Warrior. Pastor Rob is a Warrior. I hope our story can be a blessing like the stories I learned from Pastor Rob. I am the resilient mother I am; because of God using Pastor Rob to lead by example. My prayer is to continue to be loud and bold all the days of my life. And to hopefully share this so his family can have another story to add to their collection. Ginger we love you. We are here if yall need anything. Dr. Carman thank you for loving my son.
Jessica Mejia
I want to thank God almighty for Pastor Rob Carmen came to know Jesus Christ even more started attending the old church God almighty had used him to impact my Life in knowing Jesus Christ more , He had so much Compassion for the word of God , Pastor Rob Carmen had a genuine Godly Spirit,n he was on Fire for Jesus , Pastor Rob,n Ginger Carmen are the ones who Started Victory love fellowship, We Missed him n his Wife Ginger greatly n always thought about them and prayed for them,)( My Spiritual Life had grown so much I never forget the heart pillow I Embroidered for them saying Rob and Ginger ,😍😍 he even went out of his way to make bonfires for the congregation at night and picnics Pastor Rob Carmen made them very fun. My husband Rudolph Leyba said he attended Victory Love Fellowship later on n stated that he started with Pastor Rob Carmen as well that he made a big impact in his life as well and got baptized in his church as well we will Miss him greatly but we will see him again to be forever with the Lord we also pray for Ginger Carmen and their two children for comfort and strength in this time of sorrow (We love you both and will continue praying for you Ginger Carmen and your children,,,)(Love always
Libby Baca Leyba n Rudolph Leyba
It has taken me many weeks to be able to tribute for my Dear friend, co-worker and brother in Christ. Actually, when I think of Rob Carman it’s hard to settle on one title of honor. Hero in the Faith – he certainly was and is but he wouldn’t have said that of himself. He was too humble and kind for that… Walking, talking Antidepressant – that was the first public title I gave him in the early years. And he lived up to it in every way. Man’s Man – he carried this title in the most powerful manner. He was never arrogant or rude, always encouraging but challenging. Insightful and sensitive. Courageous and merciful. Rob, I know you’re part of the crowd of witnesses looking down from heaven. Thank you for being that ‘walking, talking Antidepressant’. Thank you for bringing Jesus to the four corners of the world. Thank you for walking into our lives with an open heart and open arms. Thank you for your love, grace, humility and mercy. Thank you for being a true messenger of the Gospel. I love you man. Ginger, your man touched my family and I so uniquely that his influence will be with us all until we meet again in glory. Oh what a day it will be. I wish we could be there to stand beside you as you celebrate his life. Praying for you and your beautiful family ❤❤❤
Claude Carrello
Rob was a hero, mentor and friend to me and so many. He uplifted and changed my life on so many levels. He was relentless in his pursuit of faith, family, friends and all that mattered for the greater good. He inspired! Rob was a man of action, I called on him many times when strength and fearlessness were needed. He brought my daughter out of fear and into the brave heart of Christ. I will miss Dr. Carman dearly but he left nothing on the table here on earth. I will alway lean into my memories of him for inspiration. I truly can say "what would Rob do?!?". He didn't plan on changing the world in the name of Christ- he did change the world, one speech, one action, one person at a time. While I miss him dearly I stand inspired even as I write this- I will keep his Light burning to inspire others. He was a fighter, a wolverine and a man who relentlessly pursued truth, Light and energy. He walked boldly, talked loudly and was a true warrior for Christ. Onward Rob, Godspeed, the Saint's have brought one of the greats back into their realm! Statement by an African pastor- found among his papers in Zimbabwe after he was martyred for his Christian faith. It is the moving testimony of a martyr. I'm a part of the fellowship of the unashamed. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I'm a disciple of His and I won't look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still. My past is redeemed. My present makes sense. My future is secure. I'm done and finished with low-living, sight-walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, mundane talking, cheap living, and dwarfed goals. I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I don't have to be right, or first, or tops, or recognized, or praised, or rewarded. I live by faith, lean on His presence, walk by patience, lift by prayer, and labor by Holy Spirit power. My face is set. My gait is fast. My goal is heaven. My road may be narrow, my way rough, my companions few, but my guide is reliable and my mission is clear. I will not be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice or hesitate in the presence of the adversary. I will not negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity. I won't give up, shut up, or let up until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, and preached up for the cause of Christ. I am a disciple of Jesus. I must give until I drop, preach until all know, and work until He comes. And when He does come for His own, He'll have no problems recognizing me. My colors will be clear!
Wayne McCullough
When our son Brandon was born Pastor Rob and Ginger went to the hospital and prayed for Brandon who was born with a lung condition which placed our son on the critical condition list. Brandon had tubes which went into his neck to his lungs. Our son lived and actually we experienced a miracle as Brandon’s tubes fell out of his body. The doctors came in and we were told that he no longer needed them. We have two sons and we dedicated both of our sons to Jesus while in Pastor Rob and Gingers leadership! We are eternally grateful to the Carmen family!
Gene Medrano
How Pastor Rob Touched my life, my first encounter was the late night tv sermons 12 or 1 in the morning he challange me to come to one of his services I came on Sunday 02/12/95 and on Wednesday 02/15/95 I dedicated my life to the Lord. Divorced in October that year because of my faith. I was left as a single mother with two little girls. but pastors messages kept me going. It's the foundation that was laid by both your devotion and commitment to save the lost that I was a part of that amazing up bringing. Through singles fellowship I met my husband in 1997 married in 2000. Because of the Victory love roots we raised our girls who are married to wonderful godly men and doing Gods work. I am so grateful God used pastor Rob to speak wisdom direction and correction into my life. I am who I am today because God used a man who was on fire, that told this timid, insecure women who lacked self confidence that she was Gods best!!! I am forever grateful for the both of you. May the Lord continue his blessings in your family give you strength and comfort. You are Gods Best!!! Love in Christ the Morale's
Louann Morales
Dr. Rob Carman The ways Pastor Rob affected my life can not be summed up in just one way because all that he taught, preached, imparted, and demonstrated in how he lived his life impact me still to this day. I came to Christ following a message he preached from 2 Corinthians chapter five verse seventeen: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. My life was a mess, nursing a full blown alcohol addiction. I wanted to be new, changed. Following his message I was filled with the Holy Ghost prompting me forward to the altar to proclaim Jesus as Lord of my life. I experienced a radical salvation and have never been the same. He and Pastor Ginger later officiated as I married Vivian the love of my life. Vivian and I have seriously endeavored to live our lives based on the examples Rob and Ginger modeled to the world as an unbeatable, unstoppable husband and wife team. Rob taught us to strive for excellence and to be involved in something greater and outside of ourselves namely the conversion of souls unto salvation. We now follow in their example pastoring Lighthouse Family Church in Galveston Texas where we wave our bibles all around and make the devil mad. Rob though gone will continue to impact our ministry and our personal lives. His legacy is alive and well. We will miss you my friend.
Dr. Ernesto and Vivian Gomez
When I was 5 I used to go to Victory Love in Albuquerque with my aunt and uncle. If he wouldn't have started that church I would not be saved today. I now attend and serve there at Legacy church. Thank yoh pastor Rob!
Adriana silva
Rob was a man’s man! He was a no nonsense, “get-er-done” kind of guy. Men loved that! Young people loved that! I suspect everyone who knew Rob loved that about him. He always encouraged us to be all that God called us to be. Whenever I was around him I received renewed strength and vision to run my race. I wanted to be more, do more, and accomplish more! That was Rob’s gift. He may be the greatest encourager I have ever known. Whenever I saw Rob after being away from him for any length of time, he would greet me in his strong, lumberjack style voice, “Riiiick!” This was not just my name (Rick), it was a challenge to be strong and courageous and fulfill God’s plan for my life. For all of us that have received so much from Rob’s life and ministry, it is now time for us to deposit into the lives of others what God has planted in us through Rob. Rob will be greatly missed. There is no one exactly like him. But I know what he would say if he was here now, “Carry on! Move forward! Don’t retreat! Continue to take ground for the Kingdom of God!”
Richard L. Eaton
Ginger, Both you and Rob were so much fun to be around, especially those evenings spent worshiping in song and dance late into the night. There was a lot of joy and love shared, and that has impacted my life through today. I also enjoyed those times spent with you and Rob in our home or homes of others. The stories were always wonderful, generating a lot of laughter and resonating with truth; and the community of friends you built was a treasure to have been a part of. The service was quite beautiful, and it was great to see Aimee and Andrew all grown up. I know Rob's messages will be generated for decades through your family and all the people your ministry touched throughout the world. My sincerest condolences to you and your family on the passing of Rob from this realm to the next. I know we all look forward to seeing him there. With love, Sandra
Sandra Gonzales (Knippel)
Rob was one of the greatest storytellers I have ever met! I could sit and listen to him for hours... It was such a joy and a privilege to hear him speak and spend time with him. I will miss seeing him on the row behind us at church, I will miss dinners at Rob & Ginger's house, I will miss hearing about his most recent adventure, I will miss seeing the way he wore his watch and his newest pair or Toms... My life will never be the same and I will miss him so much! I am looking forward to telling "Rob stories" for the rest of my life to my family and friends. I am so grateful for the friendship that Rob and Ginger have with my parents and our family. They truly are friends who are like family and we can always count on them for encouragement. Ginger, Andrew and Amy - thank you for sharing Rob with us... He is a treasure!
Landen Tillery
My mother started attending VLF in 1989 and was radically saved, which then led my father to giving his life to Christ three years later. VLF was the church we were raised in and they still go there today. I have vague memories of Pastor Rob but my gratitude for him and his work in the ministry is tremendous. Because of him my parents are saved, us children grew up knowing Christ and now our children and their children will do the same. He didn’t just change the lives of two young parents but generations in our Salas family. My deepest condolences to Ginger and the entire family, thank you for sharing and inspiring a world changer.
Andrea Brooks, daughter to Trinidad and Viola Salas
I met Pastor Rob when I was 15. I had never met anyone who had such a passion for life and God. I got saved and baptized at Victory Love Fellowship and began helping in the various ministries. I had the privilege of working on the Church staff and seeing Pastor Rob’s life up close. I was always inspired by how he lived what he preached. Through the years I got to travel with Pastor Rob overseas. To be with him while he ministered was a privilege and an inspiration. I also got to spend lots of time with Pastor Ginger, Amy and Andrew. They are an amazing family. I met my wife at Victory Love Fellowship and raised our daughter in the church. Our lives have been influenced in so many ways by Pastor Rob and Ginger that it would take volumes to write them all out. My ribs will never be the same. We love you Pastor Ginger and we will never forget you Pastor Rob Thank you for a life well lived.
Steve Lowell
Mrs. Ginger , Filbert and I send our love to you and the family from Albuquerque. We were reminiscing on our VLF days! The VLF softball team and how Pastor Rob would punch the shoulder of any man sitting in the front row while preaching.So Funny! Filbert was one of them. And how you guys trusted us with Amy to bring her home safely after the softball games. I could go on and on about the good times at VLF. We are a living testimony of the godly influence Pastor Rob and you had in our lives. Twenty two years later Filbert is now pastoring , I teach the Word to the ladies in the church, our daughter Selah plays the guitar in church and our son Symeon controls the soundboard. God is so good! Pastor Rob raised up stronger leaders than he could ever imagine! We are forever grateful for you, Mrs. Ginger, and for Pastor Rob. I pray the Lord will continue to give the family comfort and the peace that surpasses all understanding in Christ Jesus. Tell the kiddos high for us! You are in our prayers. Love you in Christ Jesus,
Gina, Fibert, Selah, and Symeon Candelaria.
What I'm about to say is PROFOUND.. and I'm telling you that what I'm about to say is profound because if I don't tell you , you might miss it! Pastor Rob was a man amongst men! He did a series when I was in High school on The Founding Fathers, it was the most informative and exciting history class I've ever had. (I wish I had the tapes) I still vote my values, and believe in our nation, because of what I learned in that series. I have the Pray for our nation book from that time and I carry and use it almost every day. My habit of reading proverbs daily, came from him.. (that's why there's one for every day of the month... ) I could go on and on about how he touched my life. Besides our heavenly father and my own biological father, there isn't a man I can think of that has had such an impact. There are things I learned from Pastor Rob that I still utilize, quote, and apply in my life EVERY day. Thank you sir, for your wisdom, your love of people, of God and country, for your service to HIS kingdom and for sharing it so PROFOUNDLY with the world. Thank you Pastor Ginger, for being a Godly role model, and also, to Aimee and Andrew for sharing him with us.
Erica Jaramillo
"MY TRIBUTE TO OUR FRIEND, MY BROTHER, MY BUDDY AND MATE Dr Rob Carman. A luncheon was organised by Dr TL Osborn in Tulsa in 1989 for the purpose of bringing together Rob and Ginger with Irene and myself for the purpose of ministry exposure and working together. 32 years later our fellowship, ministry, and family have been totally blessed beyond measure. Their thriving church in Albuquerque, New Mexico blessed the ministry in PNG with the financing and building of scores of churches. His Pastors conferences saw him minister to up to 1600 pastors. Rob was instrumental in recommending both Irene and I for Honorary Doctorates (D.D) being awarded by the Charles Mason University (Charles Mason was part of the Azusa St Revival) San Diego Ca in 1996. the ceremony taking place taking place in their church in Albuquerque. It was my privilege to travel with my coworker and buddy Rob, to several countries including Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Peru, Ecuador, Botswana, Congo, Philipines, maybe others plus his many trips to Australia. As well as ministry we enjoyed so much travel and vacation times with him and Ginger. so much fun to be together. because he was truly a brother to us. Rob always spoke of OUR accomplishments , but he never ceased to encourage and inspire us for something greater and bigger. but to let go of non essentials . He inspired and challenged 100s of PNG pastors.. Their home in Dallas has been our USA home and base. for all these years. I will miss his regular humorous and intense phone calls and video chats that we had together every week or so for many years. Rob was a family brother to Irene and I (a wonderful mate) and also an Uncle to our daughters and 16 grandkids. Loved you Rob, my brother, buddy and ministry companion and inspiration to keep going for over 30 years. Graham and Irene and family"
Graham Baker
"Just to be in the presence of Rob Carman was an absolute gift. My uncle was the most incredible man I’ve ever met. He embodied strength, adventure, a love for life I’ve never seen before. I remember being captivated for hours as a little girl (and even now as an adult) by his stories of wild lions in Africa, or the hidden wonders of New Zealand, or exotic fruits growing in the Amazon. He would tell of insane miracles the Lord was doing all across the globe and taught me to never doubt the Lord and His power. Every moment spent with him was inspiring. It was impossible to leave time with THE Rob Carman unchanged. Uncle Rob gave away his entire life to share the gospel. He loved Christ with a zeal that is indescribable. Just an absolute warrior for the Kingdom. Of course the time I got with him will never feel like enough now. I love him with my whole heart. But I will forever share with my future kiddos, my nieces and nephews, the stories and the legacy of their Uncle Rob. Heaven is just absolutely lit right now as Uncle Rob is at last with his Savior!! But oh what I wouldn’t give for just one more story from my hero..."
Ashla St. Clair
Uncle Rob, was always family for us. Never Rob, or just another preacher coming through. But always uncle Rob. I always loved his energy and his slaps, it was the only type of pain I’d look forward to every couple of months. His stories and his messages always had an impact on me. Whether it made me laugh or encouraged me to take action in the word of God, no word that came out of his mouth was ever dry. I remember the last conversation Josh and I had with you two at nana and grandpas house and it’s a memory I’ll cherish. Love you so much and can’t wait to see uncle Rob again soon in glory. And in honour of him I’m going to “pick up my bible, hold it up high, wave it around and maaaake the devil MAD”!
Joel McCarthy
This is such a great question....and for me I can categorically reply, "How did Rob NOT effect my life?" In so many ways over the past decade and more, Dr Rob (initially) impacted my life enormously.....by helping me see myself how God sees me, helping turn my head toward what God has planned for my life, unpacking the very gifts and influences God has within me specifically for other men in my world......and it all began with a powerful open-handed slap to my chest as he preached!!! And then we met wonderful Ginger and understood the passion and zeal Rob had for life and his family. Rob loved his family without reservation.....he was so very proud of them in every way and spoke of them often with great love and honour. With Rob & Ginger we enjoyed fantastic meals, nights filled with laughter, deep and moving discussions as they shared their testimony of revolutionary & trail blazing faith steps from their life journey together. Often out of nowhere and without prompting during our text messaging, Rob spoke words of faith into my life at times of my personal despair and helped me fix my eyes on the Lord. My life will be measured as to what I now do with those "life deposits" Rob seeded into me......and I will aim to embrace what is before me with the same powerful faith, vigour, valour, grace and boldness that Rob exampled every day of his life. I will greatly miss our regular text messages and his yearly visit (to Australia) but I am heartened that I will see him again one day. I love you Rob.
John Wiggins
Just used one of of your quotes in front of 75 woman. The words that God gave you press forward throughout the world. My husband and I were both impacted at CFNI, my husband went to Papua New Guinea with Rob were He was baptized. Blessings To your family. Enjoy Heaven we will all join soon.
Amy Grandy
I attended VLF in the 80s. Rob taught me how important it is to give my 1st hour of the day to time with my Lord, to speak God's Word and create a life living for God and not settle for 'que sera sera', l vividly remember his sermon when he taught that God sees me thru Jesus colored glasses so forgive and accept yourself-start living for God instead of regretting the past. Watching his service l was inspired to fan into flame the gifts within me. I am so grateful for the time l was able to sit under Rob's teaching and l will not let the love energy & wisdom he imparted to me to go to waste. I will honor his memory by being the best that l can, by stretching toward my calling by running my race with all my strength. Thank you Rob. May God bless you Ginger and family. Until we all meet on streets of gold.
Moni Nonu
This is such a great question....and for me I can categorically reply, "How did Rob NOT effect my life?" In so many ways over the past decade and more, Dr Rob (initially) impacted my life enormously.....by helping me see myself how God sees me, helping turn my head toward what God has planned for my life, unpacking the very gifts and influences God has within me specifically for other men in my world......and it all began with a powerful open-handed slap to my chest as he preached!!! And then we met wonderful Ginger and understood the passion and zeal Rob had for life and his family. Rob loved his family without reservation.....he was so very proud of them in every way and spoke of them often with great love and honour. With Rob & Ginger we enjoyed fantastic meals, nights filled with laughter, deep and moving discussions as they shared their testimony of revolutionary & trail blazing faith steps from their life journey together. Often out of nowhere and without prompting during our text messaging, Rob spoke words of faith into my life at times of my personal despair and helped me fix my eyes on the Lord. My life will be measured as to what I now do with those "life deposits" Rob seeded into me......and I will aim to embrace what is before me with the same powerful faith, vigour, valour, grace and boldness that Rob exampled every day of his life. I will greatly miss our regular text messages and his yearly visit (to Australia) but I am heartened that I will see him again one day. I love you Rob.
John Wiggins
Thankful for Victory Bible College. Always wanted to get a college degree, but nothing held my interest. I remember educators coming out of the woodwork just to help to make this great school happen. I got my B.A. in 1999 at age 51.
Tony Todisco
What an honor to have been taught by such a man with a passion for souls. I was 13 (1983) at the time my mom and I began attending VLF. The Holy Spirit knew I needed a Godly mentor as I was going into turbulent teen years. Thank you Ginger for being the strong support and behind the scenes warrior for our then (and still) Pastor. I am thankful to have been placed in such a church that I STILL, to this day, attend with my husband and children. He truly left a “LEGACY” here in Albuquerque, NM. I will always refer to him as my spiritual papa (I got more correction because of my tardiness during Bible College at Vicory Bible School of Ministry🙂) He will be missed. “Our Vision is the World our Passion is Souls” will forever be etched in my heart and he indeed carried out the purpose for his life. WELL DONE THY GOOD and FAITHFUL SERVANT 👏 WELL DONE.
Marlo Daily
Pastor Rob will always be cherished and missed. The preaching was what always challenged me after rededicating my life in 1992 as I began going to VLF. He always preached about fighting the good fight and finishing the race. Well that’s what he did. Now he is celebrating in Heaven. Rest In Peace Pastor Rob Carman.
Gilbert Garcia
In Albuquerque N.M at Victory Love Fellowship. Where I attended “my” church. It was winter time! Several of us were putting up Christmas trees and decorations on stage. I had my small children with me. My little boy whom was about 8 years of age was standing just looking at the drums. I’ll never forget Pastor Rob walking over to him with his strong loud voice telling my son to “go play the drums!” It filled my little boy’s heart full of joy! Today he is a grown man yet he remembers the love and fun that Pastor Rob created at that moment and many other’s. My daughter attended the 180 “youth program” she was one of the youngest ones to take the class and graduate. She also has wonderful memories. I have such great loving and fond memories of Pastor Rob and the church I loved. No one could tell a story better than him. You will be missed Pastor Rob Carmen. You were loved by many. Last thing....Thank you for allowing me to have my mothers funeral service at VLF! I remember making the phone call to you Pastor Rob and with zero hesitation you said absolutely. It meant the world to me. May the Lord God continue to bless all.
Shannon Douglas
I always called Pastor Rob the Indian Jones pastor!!!! Loved hearing about all his adventures on mission trips and how excited he always was!! I believe we were one of the last couple’s he married at Victory Love Fellowship. What an amazing man of God. He had so much passion for the Lord and what an AMAZING story teller he was!!! Much love to the family, Ishmael and Paula Valenzuela
Ishmael and Paula Valenzuela
Rob and Ginger came and spoke at my ministry school TBI. I immediately looked up to them and admired their tenacity for the Lord.
Meredith Fuemmeler
I could say so much about Pastor Rob, but most importantly he was a man whom I am forever grateful to have known. I was born again at VLF in January 1985. The theme at that time was “Alive in 85”. The first time I went to VLF Pastor Rob gave a message on Psalm 23. Having been brought up Catholic, the only thing I knew of Psalm 23 was it was usually printed on the back of a funeral card. Pastor Rob’s message which he gave on Psalm 23 brought me from death to life! Praise God I got born again hearing this message. Pastor Rob was a man of prayer and I eventually was called to intercessory prayer. I especially remember his teaching on “The Our Father” which greatly impacted my walk with the Lord. Pastor Rob was a dynamic pastor and visionary. Thank you and God Bless.
Steve Johnson
Words alone are not able to express how much Rob’s life has impacted my own life, my husband’s, family and church. Legacy, legend, champion in the faith get thrown around a lot in these times, these words are all very true about Rob. Rob your tender love for Ginger, family and those you have spiritually fathered, discipled and mentored is an inspiration. You are a man full of grace and truth, without judgement but strong in principle. Your ability to be relevant and reach all ethnicities, socio backgrounds, male, female reveal the heart of our heavenly Father in You. Your belief in people is an example I will always aspire to live up to. You make everyone around you feel taller, hopeful and empowered. Your selfless acts of inclusion, made you one of the best connectors, networkers and relational builders for the kingdom of God. Your energy, passion, zeal for God, the lost and people is like no other. I truly feel very honoured and blessed to call you and Ginger one my dearest friends. You have fought the good fight, kept the faith and finished your race. You are missed, but your mark on our hearts and on earth will never leave. Give a big hug and kiss to my boy x
Carolyn Carrello
When I went to victory love in the 1990s Pastor Rob told us that he was so convinced that the word of God was life-changing and he was willing to give every family a new testament on cassette. At that time are used to read five chapters of my Bible every day. I began to read 10 chapters a day and I was blown away by the improvement in my life! It seemed that all my plans were successful. I was joyful peaceful and content. I still make it a point to read my Bible every morning at least 10 chapters a day. Thank you Pastor Rob
Anna Gomez-Rodgers
ROB toch on MAX my life ,Im so sorry for this loss I love him he always be in my heart god bless him
Georgi Kabakov
Pastor Rob is and always will be one of the best Preachers of all times. He had such a special anointing gift of God. He affected many lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico and around the world. Ginger you too are a big part of it. He made a difference in me and my family’s life. As Pastor Rob would say at the beginning of his preaching, wave your bible and make the devil mad. The other statement he would say, would you like to hear the rest of the story. Well…his rest of the story will continue for generations. We hope his preaching videos will be archived for all to see. My husband and I enjoying his videos for spiritual nourishment. He will be greatly missed!
Dorothy and Phil
Heaven now has a very dynamic, passionate and one of a kind addition! There is no one like Rob Carmen. There is no way to narrow it down to 1 or 2 ways Rob has impacted my life. Every sermon and every conversation with him always made me better. The effect of Rob's life will continue to ripple throughout this world and his words will always encourage and energize! And I hope all of us will always feel the gentle power of his “hand slaps” on our chests as he urges us on…”Are you ready!? Are you ready for this!?” You are a life changer Rob Carman, and I believe with all of my heart that you were welcomed by our Great God with the words..”well done good and faithful servant!”
Jayne Foss
I was captivated by Rob’s passion for souls & the over-the-top enthusiasm As he told the stories of where he had been & the people he encountered While obeying the Lord. Once while Rob was telling me of one of his ventures I had to stop him & ask “is that story true”? He smiled & replied “all my stories are true”! Thank you Rob for teaching me to Reject Rejection & to never stop striving to become better in every area of my life. Your precious voice will continue to speak loudly in my heart as a continuous reminder of the goodness of My God! Your legacy lives on in the lives of your children, grandchildren & the millions impacted by your ministry. Thank you for being an awesome Papa to our grandchildren & special friend to me. I’ll miss you & your true stories!
Belinda Rogers
I starting going to v l f in January 1988 , I had left the catholic faith and in February 1988 I turned my life over to Jesus as a result of Pastor Rob,s teachings I have never heard preaching and teachings so powerful his teachings, his life and how the Lord used him to change my life. I will never forget him and all the years I spent serving and doing exploits for the Lord. I love you Pastor Rob and will miss you- thank you for all your hard work and leadership 😇😇
Joe Russo
My father started going to church since Pastor Rob Carmen was on Isleta SW. He prayed for change for the while family. Pastor Rob, Baptized me in 1992, i learned so much from all his sermons, that I still quote his preaching today to my extended family. Me and My children grew up at Victory Love Church, in Learning so Much. Thank You for Sharing Ginger. May God Bless You and Your Family. Rest In Peace Dr Pastor Rob Carmen. You are Truly an Angel.
Loretta Herrara
Our deep friendship with Rob and Ginger Carman began in 1996 when they flew out to Christ for the Nations, Minsk, Belarus to hold a pastor’s conference for several hundred pastors and their wives in a retreat center outside of the city, many had never been to anything like it before and for many it was their first interaction with Americans. The smiles on their faces and the sound of laughter from stories Rob would tell, broke the tension, and helped us develop deep relationships for years to follow. I’ll never forget how Rob with great wisdom honored some of the older pastors who had been imprisoned for their faith – one by one, he gave each a handshake then looking them right in the eye said, “thank you for serving the Lord so faithfully.” It was like a balm on their heart and from that time on their hearts were open and receptive; the love and mutual respect was so different from anything we had experienced there in that reality. Yes, the presence of the Lord was so thick you could cut it with a knife, and everyone responded as they experienced his love for them. Years later we held another conference in Kiev, Ukraine, again a refreshing time connecting with one another and with the Word that Rob brought to life. Rob had such a way of telling stories with such humor and insight, that we always remember them…in fact, we will carry them on in our hearts through eternity. Rob Carman you are our hero in the faith, and you have left a huge mark on our lives as well as many in the former Soviet Union.
-Jan Brunk, Co-Founder, Christ for the Nations, Belarus
Rob Carmen was a amazing and funny down to earth person he was kind and genuine we had many conversations that were spiritual and encouraging I loved his teachings I attended Victory Love Fellowship because he always had an impact ❤ on my life and those around him.My Prayers & Condolences go out to His Loving Family yours truly brother in Christ Forever thanks for all the great memories and Fellowship.
Kenneth Cutrer
He help me understand and get close to my Father God.
Rachel Alvarez
He was used by God to instill in me and my husband Eddie such a strong faith and trust in God “A never give up attitude” He always told us “You are God's Best.” He taught us how to pray and intercede for our family and this world. He taught us to stand in the gap for those that are hurting in this world. Our prayer life will always be strong because of him. We will miss hearing your stories of faith and endurance. We will never forget you. We can honestly say we are better Christian because of what you taught us.
Eddie & Carolyn Padilla
PASTOR ROB ROCKED OUR WORLD THE VERY MOMENT WE ATTENDED OUR FIRST SERVICE AT VICTORY LOVE!!!! HE SET A FIRE WITHIN US THAT HAS NEVER GONE OUT!!!! HE BIRTHED A BOLDNESS IN ME TO SHARE GOD WITH OTHERS THAT HAS NEVER STOPPED!!!! HIS FIRE AND PASSION WAS SOOOOO CONTAGIOUS!!!! HE RADICALLY CHANGED OUR LIVES FOREVER!!!!!
MOSES AND TERRI ZABEC
Rob’s messages on depression practically saved my life. I have made so much progress rebuilding my life after a difficult period with mental health. He was a true soldier of The Lord. Thanks be to God for Rob’s life. May God bless and comfort Rob’s family.
Marjorie
I started going to VLF in a small, old church on Isleta Pueblo. We soon moved to South Coors then on to West Central where my husband and I served as Ushers and leaders of a Home Fellowship. I still remember Pastor Rob’s strong voice that seemed to bounce off the walls when he preached but there was one time when he Called Aimee up to sing “My Girl” to her. It was one of the most touching things I had ever seen him do. Pastor Rob will be missed beyond words. Rest now Pastor, you made it through those pearly gates to behold the face of our Savior. My heartfelt condolences go to Ginger and their entire family…
Corina Aragón
Pastor Rob. You impacted my life. You helped me in so many ways become who I am today. You truly are a man after God’s heart. You left a imprint on my heart. I thank God for you. You will be missed but never forgotten. Thank you for giving to the Lord. I am a life that was changed. You are God’s Best‼️❤️ My deepest condolences to Pastor Ginger, Andrew, Aimee and the family
Nancy Oviedo Pattillo
I am from Singapore. Pastor Rob Carman preached at our church years ago once. I was very encouraged by his sermon. He left us his name card, and I decided to subscribe to his weekly encouragement. Those weekly messages were instrumental in helping me go through some of the toughest times in my life. You have been a blessing to me, and I will also remember you and your family. May our good Lord continue to watch over your family and loved ones.
Linda Teo
Rob was a joy and a blessing. My husband and I listened to his teachings most nights before bed. He will be missed by so many. Apparently the Lord said his work here was done, good and faithful servant! Blessings to your family,
Charla Defoe
Attended Victory Love in Albuquerque NM, I was 17 years old when my family made Victory Love our home Church. I was involved with the youth group in the 80’s. Rob Carmen introduced us to Spiritual warfare by praying in the spirit before each service, which has influenced me to this day. God used Rob in a tremendous way to help me grow in Christ and learn to trust in the Holy Spirit to lead and guide me.
Gilbert Vela
We honour you Pastor Rob for your life work and your faithfulness and obedience to the call of God. You shared the love and hope of Jesus with everyone you met. Thank you for inspiring us with your amazing messages and stories. One of the messages you shared with our church back in 2008 was a turning point in my life, it challenged me to quit my job and follow my true life calling and work and start Australia's first non profit law firm, where we help and minister to families going through separation and divorce. You never failed to encourage, uplift and inspire. Thank you your legacy will not be forgotten.
Carolyn Devries
My deepest condolences to Rob’s family. Such a great loss for society but a great gain for Heaven. Rob’s messages were a great influence and encouragement to me. They increased my faith and perseverance. I’m so thankful for the life and faith of this great man. He will truly be missed.
Mary Ann Poole
Dr. Carman made such an impact on my Life! He took a young pup under his wing and opened his world to me. He taught me to not sit and think but to go and do. He had a way of making you feel like you can make a difference in the world and when you find your life in God you go and leave an imprint!! He had a special way that he Pastored, preached and punched people!! I want to be apart of carrying on his legacy!!!
David Taylor
Amazing DR. Ps. Rob, he has BIG impact in my life and my husband life to remember that God is good, God is faithfull, do not despise a small beginning as it can turn to BIG things, perseverance, running is good for you, rest in God, never give up and many many more. Thank you for your life in serving God and blessing others. You are missed but we shall see you later for eternity. Enjoy your rewards and treasures in Heaven. Thank you Jesus for Ps Rob’s life and bless Ps Rob’s family and gives them strength and protect them in your loving Arms.
Dorothy King
Dr. Rob was such an inspiration! His passion for the Lord was infectious and he always made me want to be a better Christian, striving to be closer to God. He will be missed, but we know he is walking with Jesus and we will remember him with the big smile on his face!
Kim and Tom Beckham
Rob’s teachings have taught me to think and live a different way. He has given me hope in the midst of my despair and shown me the way out. I will miss his continual care by his words and writings. May God richly bless and comfort you, Ginger.
Sheila
Rob and his energy, zeal for God, and God's men always challenged me to do more. Rob was a friend of Ed Cole and that same DNA was evident and drew us together. We laughed a lot. We believed the same. I will miss him. He was the essence of an Intense Man! We Go.
GF Watkins
Wow! What an impact Pastor Rob had on our lives, we were saved, and completely delivered under the ministry - Kathy worked in the office until I moved to Espanola NM. We both graduated from the school of ministry Kathy in 92, and David in 93. We learned valuable tools that we have used in ministry to this very day! We founded the Journey church in 2005 and have seen a number of souls come into the kingdom all of which will become jewels in Pastor Rob's crown! Praying for the family. FOREVER GRATEFUL!
Pastor David & Pastor Kathy Florez
The first time I saw Dr Rob preach he was a man on fire in the nation of Papua New Guinea. The local people were deeply impacted by his powerful presentation of Gods Word and of course his anointed story telling. Getting to know Dr Rob in subsequent years I was always inspired by his vision, faith and determination to reach the world. He has left an example of continual service and faithfulness, and I will continue to endeavour to imitate his life and commitment in this way. So “let’s all waive our Bibles in the air and make the devil mad!”
Andrew McLennan
My first experience with Dr. Rob Carman was at Christ For The Nations' opening rally in the fall of 2001. He shared one of his major life messages, "Unstoppable", and by the end of that message I (and every other person in the audience) was ready to change the world for Jesus. In my experiences with Dr. Carman over the following 20 years, this was really the major theme of Rob's life and the gift that He was to so many people. He was (and I'm sure continues to be) the quintessential embodiment of Spirit-filled encouragement. His life and presence imparted the gift of faith. You couldn't hang out with him and not feel emboldened. And Rob, in his unceasing desire to charge forward with anyone who would come along for the fight, could have asked for no better partner than Ginger. A charging force without a strong line of supplies and reinforcements is inevitably cut off and destroyed. Ginger was Rob's supply line for sure, the one keeping track of all of the requirements and needs for continued advancement. This godly power-couple changed our lives. They not only provided a model for our marriage and ministry partnership, but they were there for us when it was time for us to step out in faith. For thirteen year, our family served as spiritual children in Trinity Church Dallas, under Pastors Joe and Nancy Martin. Rob and Ginger were a continual encouragement to us as we grew from members to staff to associate pastors in the church, but their greatest influence came when it was time to leave our wonderful spiritual family to go and plant and parent another family, Wellspring.Live. They encouraged us, coached us, and inspired us as we were in the process of stepping out. We are having the best time of our lives and pastoring the vision God gave us because of the challenge and encouragement we received from the Carmans. We wouldn't be here without them. We wouldn't be here in this glorious and amazing adventure with God without the booming voice and the wonderful conversations about history and overcomers. Rob was a giant and made us feel like giants. And Ginger... the faithful "Oh, Rob" in the background and the down to earth conversations about life... Rob and Ginger, thank you so much for including us in your lives. Thank you for inviting us into your home. Thank you for loving on our children. Where would we be? Seriously... Where would we be without the two of you? Just a couple of your many kids, Matt & Sako
Matt and Sako
Wow! What an impact Pastor Rob had on our lives, we were saved, and completely delivered under the ministry - Kathy worked in the office until I moved to Espanola NM. We both graduated from the school of ministry Kathy in 92, and David in 93. We learned valuable tools that we have used in ministry to this very day! We founded the Journey church in 2005 and have seen a number of souls come into the kingdom all of which will become jewels in Pastor Rob's crown! Praying for the family. FOREVER GRATEFUL!
Pastor David & Pastor Kathy Florez
Tengo 30 años leyendo la Biblia y nunca había visto tan profundo e importante que es el perdonar gracias al Señor Rob hoy hay un después Dios les de consuelo y paz a su familia
Berenice Marquéz García
He created a wonderful legacy in this world and left his mark upon my life. He was a force to be reckoned with, because of the source on which he depended. His departure led me to dig through the archives and find this inspired cover sheet for an assignment I did when he was a guest instructor at CFNI School of Missions back in 2002. These poses were just natural for him, lol! I'm gonna miss him...
Brian Brown
I want to thank God almighty for Pastor Rob Carmen came to know Jesus Christ even more started attending the old church God almighty had used him to impact my Life in knowing Jesus Christ more , He had so much Compassion for the word of God , Pastor Rob Carmen had a genuine Godly Spirit,n he was on Fire for Jesus , Pastor Rob,n Ginger Carmen are the ones who Started Victory love fellowship, We Missed him n his Wife Ginger greatly n always thought about them and prayed for them,)( My Spiritual Life had grown so much I never forget the heart pillow I Embroidered for them saying Rob and Ginger ,😍😍 he even went out of his way to make bonfires for the congregation at night and picnics Pastor Rob Carmen made them very fun ,)(My husband Rudolph Leyba said he attended Victory Love Fellowship later on n stated that he started with Pastor Rob Carmen as well that he made a big impact in his life as well and got baptized in his church as well we will Miss him greatly but we will see him again to be forever with the Lord we also pray for Ginger Carmen and their two children for comfort and strength in this time of sorrow ,)(We love you both and will continue praying for you Ginger Carmen and your children,,,)(Love always
Libby Baca Leyba n Rudolph Leyba
My heartfelt condolences to Mrs Carmen & Family🙏🏻 I was truly impacted by Robert Carmen preach such a dynamic preacher of God Word😊 I received Jesus Christ at Victory Love in Albuquerque in 1980! I continue to listen to Rob Carmen on Youtub. What a Man if God! My prayers are with the family
Lisa Gurulw
Heard Rob for the first time only a few months ago at Freedom Life in PA. His impact was felt by many as he shared with us over a few-day period. His humorous and engaging style was real and enabled him to impact many. The amazing stories he shared, as well as the fun way he presented them, had our people laughing and encouraged as he challenged us. His message of hope in overcoming depression gave hope and After he left I sighed up for the newsletter and enjoyed them weekly. He will be missed by many around the world. In a world of millions, he was a rare breed. I pray blessings upon his family as they honor his memory and celebrate his life.
Chuck Chettle
We have a ministry in Albuquerque NM called Faith Comes By Hearing and we were working with churches to help people engage in the Bible through listening. Our goal was to reach the 80% in the church who were not reading the Bible but we were failing, though we had worked with 137,000 churches in the USA. But I felt like we were really close to the solution and being a member of Victory Love I shared with Rob what I had learned our failures and my thinking on what would work. He looked at it and suggested a few changes and then agreed to do a church wide project that got over 80% of the church to listen to the Bible. The process he created was a model that we used in 65,000 US churches seeing millions of people hearing God’s Word for the first time and being transformed. He was a visionary that could make things simple. But equal to this was his passion for the lost internationally and both of us were learning about Africa and the world together. He had made a connection with a pastor in Nigeria with a huge church that came to visit. Rob invited him to tour our ministry and this pastor caught a vision for having the Audio Bible in the languages of Nigeria and sent Rev. Theo Asare on his staff to come and learn how we could do this in Africa. This lead to our first studio in Africa and a vision to do drama recordings of the Bible in all of the languages of the world. Today we have recordings is over 1500 languages and have started 1.2 million Faith Comes By Listening programs with over 100 Million poor and illiterate people gathering weekly to listen to the Bible in their own mother tongue. Rob planted the seed that has grown into a tree that is reaching the nations. For me and Mary personally one of the great series that Rob taught was on the Blood Covenant. This message had a deep impact on our lives and of those whom we passed it on to. We are forever thankful for Rob’s life and ministry and his passion of people and the nations and for Ginger and how they befriended us and championed the ministry of Faith Comes By Hearing. Thank you Rob and my you rejoice at the millions who join you in worshiping our Lord because of the fruit of your life.
Morgan Jackson
Heard Rob for the first time only a few months ago at Freedom Life in PA. His impact was felt by many as he shared with us over a few-day period. His humorous and engaging style was real and enabled him to impact many. The amazing stories he shared, as well as the fun way he presented them, had our people laughing and encouraged as he challenged us. His message of hope in overcoming depression gave hope and After he left I sighed up for the newsletter and enjoyed them weekly. He will be missed by many around the world. In a world of millions, he was a rare breed. I pray blessings upon his family as they honor his memory and celebrate his life.
Chuck Chettle
We have a ministry in Albuquerque NM called Faith Comes By Hearing and we were working with churches to help people engage in the Bible through listening. Our goal was to reach the 80% in the church who were not reading the Bible but we were failing, though we had worked with 137,000 churches in the USA. But I felt like we were really close to the solution and being a member of Victory Love I shared with Rob what I had learned our failures and my thinking on what would work. He looked at it and suggested a few changes and then agreed to do a church wide project that got over 80% of the church to listen to the Bible. The process he created was a model that we used in 65,000 US churches seeing millions of people hearing God’s Word for the first time and being transformed. He was a visionary that could make things simple. But equal to this was his passion for the lost internationally and both of us were learning about Africa and the world together. He had made a connection with a pastor in Nigeria with a huge church that came to visit. Rob invited him to tour our ministry and this pastor caught a vision for having the Audio Bible in the languages of Nigeria and sent Rev. Theo Asare on his staff to come and learn how we could do this in Africa. This lead to our first studio in Africa and a vision to do drama recordings of the Bible in all of the languages of the world. Today we have recordings is over 1500 languages and have started 1.2 million Faith Comes By Listening programs with over 100 Million poor and illiterate people gathering weekly to listen to the Bible in their own mother tongue. Rob planted the seed that has grown into a tree that is reaching the nations. For me and Mary personally one of the great series that Rob taught was on the Blood Covenant. This message had a deep impact on our lives and of those whom we passed it on to. We are forever thankful for Rob’s life and ministry and his passion of people and the nations and for Ginger and how they befriended us and championed the ministry of Faith Comes By Hearing. Thank you Rob and my you rejoice at the millions who join you in worshiping our Lord because of the fruit of your life.
Morgan Jackson
He created vigor and fire into my soul many years ago as a young Bible student at Texas Bible Institute in Columbus Tx. He would come and a rumble with start around campus if young men running to chapel just to sit on the front row to become glued to Dr Rob’s every word and hopefully get punched in the chest at the climax of one of His stories. He was a mans man, a fathers father, a master of storytelling and a globetrotter.Once he connected with CMN a ministry a had been also connected with since my youth,He was like the square peg in the square hole..A PERFECT FIT! You have finished your race Sir. Could you imagine Dr Rob swapping stories with the Apostle Paul? Pure Epic!
Andrew Martin