Honoring the Legacy of Rev. Dr. Randall Lane Valimont

June 8, 1960 – October 31, 2019

Dr. Randy Valimont was born on June 8, 1960 in Johnson City, New York and died on October 31, 2019 in Griffin, Georgia. He leaves behind his wife of 39 years, Jelly, daughters Jordan Valimont Bobo and her daughter, Jaeli Kai LeRae Bobo, Danielle Bala and her husband, Praveen Bala, along with their son, Shiloh Lane Bala, Alayna Valimont, and nephews Alden Meeks and Reagan Meeks.

Dr. Valimont was a graduate of Southeastern University where he received his bachelor’s degree in Theology, Logos University where he received his master’s degree and Doctorate in Pastoral Leadership. He was also the recipient of two conferred doctorates.

Dr. Valimont served in many ministry capacities throughout his years of ministry and preached in more than 60 nations of the world. He served as a youth pastor at First Assembly of God in Oxford, Florida and at First Assembly of God in Springdale, Arkansas. In 1984, he and Jelly moved to Toccoa, Georgia where he served as senior pastor at Glad Tidings Assembly of God. In 1993, he received a call to become the senior pastor at First Assembly of God in Griffin, Georgia, where he served for 26 years. The constituents of the church grew from 400 attendees to more than 7000 on 7 separate campuses. The congregation of Griffin First Assembly also includes a Griffin Christian Daycare Center, Griffin Christian Schools, SAGU Valor School of
Leadership, Touch of Healing Counseling Center, Prayer Mountain Boys Academy, and Fresh Touch Radio and Television.

Dr. Valimont was instrumental in developing a mission program at Griffin First Assembly. This program supports various missions’ projects and missionaries throughout the community and around the world. These missions are primarily to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ but are also humanitarian in nature. During the 26 years of his pastorate at Griffin First Assembly, Dr. Valimont raised more than $28 million for missions. According to statisticians, this translates to 99,319,997 people who accepted Christ as Savior as a result of this money going to the mission projects. This does not include lives that were changed through humanitarian endeavors.

During his years in Griffin, Dr. Valimont also served as the chaplain to Spalding County Sheriff's Department, ministering to local law enforcement officers and the community both in times of crisis and celebration. Dr. Valimont served on many para-church boards as a board member, but also as a leader, helping meet the needs of people who might otherwise be overlooked. Although he served on governing boards which are too many to mention throughout the years, his most recent commitments include the following: Calcutta Mercy Ministries is a ministry he led in feeding, educating, and medically assisting 25,000 children per day. Emerge Ministries is a crisis counseling center for pastors and leaders that Dr. Valimont served as a board member. Other boards that Dr. Valimont served on were Southwestern Assemblies of God University, Global University, Network211 (a world missionary outreach focused on global evangelism and discipleship via the internet), Global Teen Challenge (an international residential program for those suffering from substance abuse or self-destructive behaviors), and Unsion Radio and Television.

Randy Valimont was known for his dauntless vision and passion for Christ. He inspired people to live bold and innovative lives, using every means available to convey that message. People were the most important aspect of Dr. Valimont's life. He was always reaching out to the hurting, the destitute, and the lonely, sharing his faith so that others could come to know Jesus. He was a man of great faith and knew that nothing could stop the power of God. He believed in the miraculous. There was no task, no problem that would stand in the way of what he felt God wanted him to do. In the words of so many, Randy Valimont was larger than life. The last month of Dr Valimont's life, was devoted to mission’s emphasis at Griffin First Assembly. His final sermon to the church was entitled, "Do We Have Enough Lifeboats?"

Pastor Valimont trusted the Lord. He leaned on Him for guidance and dedicated his life to Him. We will continue to do the same. The Lord has never left us. He has never forsaken us. Although we are hurting, in the words of Mrs. Jelly, "The devil did not win, and God did not lose." Let us turn our face toward God in gratefulness and praise His name. One church CAN change the world. Pastor believed in this message and lived it out daily. Thank you for helping us continue to honor his legacy and life by living each moment for the Glory of God. We move forward with the vision and hope that Pastor Valimont devoted his life to. We move forward together. We will not be defeated. We leave you with these words of Pastor's final favorite song.

I love you, Lord
For your mercy never fails me
All my days, I’ve been held in your hands
From the moment that I wake up
Until I lay my head
Oh, I will sing of the goodness of God
And all my life you have been faithful
And all my life you have been so, so good
With every breath that I am able
I will sing of the goodness of God.

"I have two great passions: a passion to advance the cause of Christ around the world through global missions and a passion to build the local church. I've learned that God takes care of his church as we take care of his Kingdom work." – Randy Valimont