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The Passing Of Bishop Rodney McDonald

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When I was a small lad of ten or so, my father, Evangelist Carl Ballestero preached a revival in Texas City, Texas for a Pastor Titus McDonald. My memories of those days are faded somewhat with time. But I remember being there.

I remember also meeting Brother Titus McDonald’s son, Rodney. He  was about my age. I never dreamed that someday we both would find ourselves in the ministry and that I would preach for him like my father preached for his father, and later preach revivals for his son.

In the early sixties, I attended Western Apostolic Bible College in Stockton, CA. That is where I met Bishop Rodney McDonald’s lovely future bride. Her name then was Sister Karen Hedger.

Imagine my surprise years later to find out that my old acquaintance was married to someone I had met out in California years ago.

Over the last decade or so our paths have crossed with the McDonald family quite frequently. It has been my great honor to preach several revivals for Pastor Nathan McDonald, their son. The church is in great hands with his leadership and is experiencing a wonderful move of the Lord.

IMG_2037Last month, I preached a revival at their church and one afternoon was honored to go out to eat lunch with the Bishop and his wife in downtown Oklahoma City. No one knew that it was to be one of my last moments to be with them together.

I was awaken with the news today of his impending passing. He was given “minutes or maybe hours” to live. My heart hurt with the news. I became overwhelmed with emotion.

This morning Bishop Rodney McDonald went from this life into the Glory World. He had struggled with health issues for several years now, and it hurt to even watch him try to breathe on his bad days.


I Salute Him and Honor Him.

  • The Godliest of men.
  • Pristine in his principles and motives.
  • A man of honorable ethics.
  • Accurate in doctrine.
  • Devoted to his wife.
  • Devoted to God.
  • He gave his life to the Work of God
  • Uncompromising.
  • A Preacher’s Preacher
  • He held fast to the Old Paths.
  • He lived what he preached.
  • He was given to hospitality.
  • Everyone that knew him loved him.


Goodbye My Dear Friend. I Love You!

I will always treasure our moments, meals, and the memories we made. We were just together a few short weeks ago. It doesn’t seem possible!

Join with me in prayers and support for the whole family, especially Sister Karen McDonald, their son Pastor Nathan McDonald and church, Apostolic Faith Tabernacle, Oklahoma City, OK.



Written by Martyn Ballestero

March 23, 2015 at 3:11 pm

8 Responses

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  1. What a lovely tribute to a great man!! Prayers for the family!

    Carlene Branham

    March 23, 2015 at 3:17 pm

  2. You may never know how much I enj and look forward to post.
    God Bless


    March 23, 2015 at 3:19 pm

  3. Amen to every word.

    Steve epley

    March 23, 2015 at 3:50 pm

  4. A very great man. Loved Bro McDonald. He always preached the truth. No greater statement can be said. Im sad for us & happy for him…no doubt a deserving recipient of the crown of life.


    March 23, 2015 at 6:42 pm

  5. I too was blessed to preach for Bishop McDonald in the 1990’s. Great leader of a great church! Our prayers and condolences go out to his family and the church family.


    March 23, 2015 at 6:50 pm

  6. We were saddened to hear of Bro. McDonald’s passing. We were great friends at Texas Bible College, and Glenn found out when he met Bro. McDonald’s father that they were related somehow! Our thoughts and prayers are with his precious wife and family. Thank you for posting this.

    Nell and Glenn Seaman

    March 24, 2015 at 8:37 am

  7. From the heart and mind of a wordsmith. It couldn’t have been said any better.


    March 24, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    • Brother Ballestero,
      Your kind words about my father just melted my heart. Dad loved you and your family and spoke so highly of you and your ministry. Thank you for being a true friend to him!

      Deborah McDonald-Eaton

      March 24, 2015 at 10:48 pm

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