Pastor Bob went to be with God peacefully on October 1, 2011, at his home, at the age of 79.

Pastor Bob was born to Luticious Lamar Mathers and the former Mary Laura Brown, on April 1, 1932, in Lakeland, Fla. He had three brothers and five sisters. During the Korean War (1954), he served in the U.S. Navy as an airplane electrician. While attending Cascade College in 1955, he met and married Gloria Mae Miller, of Portland, Ore.

Pastor Bob graduated from Cascade College in 1958. Cascade was a private four year liberal arts college associated with the Church of Christ. Over a lifetime of ministry, he pastored three churches. In 1978, he and his family were called upon to minister in Ashland, Ore. He was the ordained minister of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, and was the senior pastor of Alliance Bible Chapel for over 30 years. Pastor Bob touched many lives through his servitude to the Lord Jesus Christ. He was a marriage and life counselor. He worked with the homeless through park ministries and the shelters. He was a missionary in Columbia and South Africa. He did not want a lot made of him, as he was only a servant to the Lord Jesus Christ, desiring the salvation of loved ones and all others.

Pastor Bob is survived by his son, David Mathers; daughter-in-law, Cheryl Mathers; grandsons, Joseph Mathers, Kyle Adkins, and his significant other, Emily Sieger; granddaughter, Shasta Rodriguez, and her husband, David Rodriguez; great-granddaughters, Mistaya Adkins and Emily Rodriguez; a new great-grandson, Zaden Adkins (to be born late October).

Pastor Bob was preceded in death by his beloved wife,

Gloria, in 2008. They would want this to be a time of celebration because they are "absent from the body and present with the Lord!" If you grieve, grieve with rejoicing, and keep looking to the Lord for strength, understanding and peace.

The celebration of life for Pastor Robert D. Mathers (Pastor Bob) will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 15, 2011. It will be held at his home church, Alliance Bible Chapel, 748 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland, Ore. A reception will follow.

Pastor Jay Wolfman will officiate at the service. In attendance will be soloist, Bonnie Wolfman, and pianist, Tim Hancock.

Pastor Bob desires that instead of flowers, you give to the "Great Commission Fund Christian and Missionary Alliance. Checks may be given through the Alliance Bible Chapel.

Arrangements are by Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home,

Ashland, Ore. www.litwillersimonsen.com