Honoring the Memory of I. Carlton Spencer Apostle & Statesman for the Kingdom of God 1914 – 2012
Born in northern Pennsylvania, into a farming community and family, he was the first child of Ivan and Minnie Spencer. The young family moved to Hornell, NY, where his dad planted a local church. When Ivan was challenged by God to open a Bible Training School. As the school continued to grow, they moved to two more sites within a few years before settling in Hornell again. Carlton attended Elim, and upon graduation married an alumna, Elizabeth Garate, daughter of a returned missionary. They both were vitally involved from the beginning with helping his father operate the school. Carlton taught classes, helped to administer the missions affairs of alumni going to the nations, weeded in the school garden, assisted in the local church associated with the school (later becoming the pastor), and more farming help. He was appointed Principal & President of Elim Bible Institute in 1949, and soon negotiated the purchase of the present campus in Lima, moving there in 1951. He was instrumental in the formation of the NAE (National Association of Evangelicals) and the PFNA (Pentecostal Fellowship of North America), holding positions in both. Through his classroom instruction and his total and pervasive involvement on the campus, he personally impacted for eternity the lives of hundreds of students; and through his extensive travel nationally and internationally, by word & deed, he impacted lives the world-over. He will be remembered for his out-going friendliness with wit and humor, sacrificial servanthood, and his grand generosity. He leaves behind his wife of 16 years, Margaret; two sons and a son-in-law, with their families; ten grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren. However, many others the world-over consider him a father in the faith. Continuing His Ministry In memory of Carlton’s commitment to Elim Bible Institute and spreading the Gospel, EBI has created the Carlton Spencer Memorial Campus Restoration Fund. To learn more. visit this page on the Elim Bible Institute’s website.