Allen P. Goff
October 7, 1954 – August 26, 2018
Allen Philip Goff passed away on August 26, 2018 with family and friends by his side. He is survived by his loving wife of 36 years Sigrid M. Goff, his sons Jeremy and John Goff, his parents Allen and Phyllis Goff of Stuart's Draft, Virginia, his brother Bruce Goff of Reno, Nevada, and his sister Susan McIntyre of Woodbridge, Virginia.
Allen was born in Washington, D.C. on October 7, 1954. Raised in Bowie MD, he graduated from Bowie High School in 1972 and later earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Regent University.
Al and Sigrid met at a Bible Conference in Niagara Falls, Canada, got married in Chicago in 1982 and eventually moved to Bowie. After their twin sons were born, Allen secured a career position as a Quality Assurance Manager with F.E.M.A. But art and technology were his life-long passions. From a young age, he created many memorable pictures and technical drawings, which he donated to family and friends.
Sigrid completed her college degrees at the University of Maryland and became a library media specialist with the Prince George’s County Public School System. When the twins reached adulthood, Al put his career on hold to be at home with his sons who needed special attention.
Al was active as a lay leader with home groups and wrote Bible Study courses that have been used by thousands of students. He also taught The Truth Project sponsored by Focus on the Family and many other Bible studies. Al used his considerable technology skills and his talent as an artist to provide web support for Turn ON the LIGHT Bowie, which encourages churches to work together to love their neighbors and show the love of Christ in the Bowie area. For many years until his untimely death he took part in the Bowie Prayer Walk Ministry to pray for all the neighborhoods in Bowie.
He was a member of the Leadership Board for Turn ON the Light-Bowie and helped found the Coalition of Bowie Area Men's Ministries known as "CoBAMM.” Moreover, his dedication to friends with cancer and his leadership and organizational skills added to the Mid-Atlantic Cancer Support Group for over 12 years.
Al's joy and passion from the Lord gave him a heart to help to people. He was happiest serving his family and others in the community. His last spoken words were "Praise the Lord.” Al often encouraged us to keep seeking the Lord and not give up. “Praise the Lord. Praise, O servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord” (Psalm 113:1).
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Allen Goff's name to support the Community Concerns Ministry of Mount Oak Fellowship, a United Methodist Church, at 14110 Mount Oak Road, Bowie MD 20721 www.mtoak.org\giving (301-249-2230).
- Visitation Saturday, September 8, 2018
- Funeral Service Saturday, September 8, 2018
- Graveside Service Saturday, September 8, 2018
Allen P. Goff
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September 8, 2018
Dear Sigrid, Jeremy, and John,
The first time I met Brother Allen Goff was actually in 1998, where I met him with his 2 children at Andy's Barber shop during Christmas. Ever since then Al and I have always been best friends. We were also involved in several Bible Studies at Cornerstone Assembly of God, and he has always been a role model to me. Al has always influenced me in my earthly life in multiple ways, and I can always remember walking with him at the Bowie Prayer Walk during the summer evenings. I used to always be a beloved member of his Man of Fire conferences, he used to hold it in different places in Bowie. He has also encouraged me to read the Gospel of John and always told me to meditate on each chapter. No matter what, the Gospel of John will always continue to to be a part of my life each and everyday. Brother Al Goff dedicated his entire life to the Bowie Community and God had placed him right here in this community. I also remember the time when he took my family out for a nice dinner. My wife and I was planning to treat him and his family out, but unfortunately, he got ill and we didn't get a chance to do so. I really do miss him physically, but I know that his soul is in the presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. My heartfelt condolences go out to Sigrid, John, and Jeremy and to all his dear family and friends.
With Love and Prayers,
The Podiyan Family
September 5, 2018
Dear Sigrid, Jeremy, and John,
I have many memories of Al....serving at Cornerstone Assembly of God on the Board with my late husband, Bruce, and serving on the Missions Committee with me; many visits to Bruce while he was going through cancer; serving on the Board of the Mid-Atlantic Cancer Support Group, as well as helping to facilitate the Bowie group, set up for meetings, get our website up and running, ordering mugs, mints, making stationary, hosting cookouts, and other activities.
Al will be greatly missed in our cancer support group meetings for his ready, warm smile, encouraging word, prayer support, and willingness to serve in whatever capacity he could.
My prayer for you is that God's grace, love, and support, will far surpass what you could ever have imagined in the days ahead. He is your Rock and Fortress and a very present help in time of need. He will never fail you.
Love and prayers,
August 31, 2018
I would like to wish the Goff family my most sincere condolences on their loss.
May he find peace with the Lord, Mike.