ROY SAPP / 1928-2004

Pastor’s missions
are his legacy

Memorial services will be held tonight for the Rev. Roy G. Sapp, 75, who retired after 18 years as senior pastor of the First Assembly of God.

Roy Sapp: The Red Hill Church complex was built during his tenure as pastor

The 7 p.m. service will be at the church at 3400 Moanalua Road. Visitation will be after 6 p.m.

The Red Hill church complex of sanctuary, offices and Christian Academy was built during Sapp's tenure as pastor. His service from 1976 to 1994 was also a time of growth for the congregation, which now has about 2,700 members, said the Rev. Janet Kusuhara, an associate pastor.

"His greatest legacy was mission," she said. "We sent teams around the world on short-term mission trips and he did a lot of traveling for short-term missions. We helped a number of missionaries around the world.

"His greatest ability was to surround himself with talented people. He allowed them to have visions and see those visions come through," Kusuhara said. "We dreamed big and accomplished a lot."

"He really knew the word and encouraged people to get into the word of God."

Sapp died Saturday in Pali Momi Hospital.

He was born in Willis Point, Texas, and came to Hawaii after serving in California churches. His three brothers are also Assembly of God pastors.

He is survived by his wife Odelle; daughter Diane Seaward; brothers Ben, Max and David Sapp; and two grandsons.

Burial will be in San Pedro, Calif.


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