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Carl Benjamin Galyon, Jr.

May 21, 1943May 13, 2020

Carl Benjamin Galyon Jr., 76, of Knoxville, TN, entered into the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on Wednesday, May 13th. He is survived by his wife, Norma Lopez-Cepero, daughter Cherie, son Trey, son Brent, and his sister Sherry and her husband Fred and their family; Brother-in-law, Henry Lopez-Cepero and family; Sister-in-law, Brenda Kulikowski and husband Ed and family.

Carl grew up in South Knoxville and graduated from Young High School in 1961 and ETSU in 1967. Carl entered into ministry with Campus Crusade for Christ in 1967, and later became director of campus ministry at Boston University. He also served as director at the University of Kentucky, Here's Life Philadelphia and joined Church Dynamics International Staff in 1985 where he was South Central Regional Director in Austin,Texas. In 2000, he became national director of Church Dynamics, then after several years was a Global Representative for CDI, which included going to India annually. Carl's passion was ministering to Indian pastors in reproductive discipleship and enjoyed spending time with many Indian pastors. His legacy continues to last throughout the country and around the globe. He will be missed but we know we will see him again. If you would like to make a donation in Carl's honor, you can send it to: CDI International, 1740H Dell Range Blvd. #324, Cheyenne, WY 82009-4946. You can also send your donations to http.//

There will be a celebration of life and memorial service.

Sevier Heights Baptist Church 3232 Alcoa Highway Knoxville, Tennessee 37920


  • Memorial Service

    Friday, July 10, 2020


Carl Benjamin Galyon, Jr.

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Don Davis

August 5, 2020

I learned of Carl passing to be with Jesus today from daughter Cheri. Sorry to all who knew him and family. I’m sure Jesus is giving him a big hug still for a job well done while on earth. Great job Carl and Norma for your faithful duty to further the knowledge of Jesus.

David Harkins

June 29, 2020

In 2010 Carl and Norma worked with a team of us from SHBC, combined with another team from California. We went to Northern Peru to run medical clinics and share the gospel. On one particular day we took a boat about an hour outside of Iquitos on the Amazon River, and stopped at a little village that had a one room school. The picture below shows Carl off to the side of our busy clinic, sharing discipleship lessons with those who were interested. (Notice those watching and listening through the window.) This is what Carl did, wherever he was: spend time with people sharing discipleship in a simple, relational, reproducible way.
Norma, thank you for being in the thick of it. Know we are praying for you, as we celebrate a disciple going Home.

Kirit Kishore

June 11, 2020

From Kirit Kishore Debbarma; Tripura, India:
I am very sorry that our ministry partner friend Mr. Carl Galyon has gone to the Lord. I console his bereaved family members with this: Let the peace and favour of God be on them.
Until All Worship,
Kirit Kishore

John Mansfield

June 11, 2020

I became a fully alive Christian at Boston University during my sophomore year, especially through the influence of my roommate Tom. Carl was a newly arrived Campus Crusade campus minister and was beginning discipleship with Tom, and whenever he came to our room for a Bible study I quickly exited—I didn’t want anything to do with a “religious fanatic”. But the Lord reached down to me and drew me to Himself, and soon instead of running away, I stayed in the room and joined a small group led by Carl. The same four guys and Carl were together for the next two years and he became my mentor also. Carl, you took a wet-behind-the-ears, brash college kid and laid a foundation in the Word and Christian humility that has lasted till this day (I still serve on the staff of Cru.). You faithfully served the Lord till the very end and are greatly beloved. One day in heaven we will all gather together for a reunion and you can call out a hearty “Cowabanga!” (Picture is from Colorado State staff conference 2019)

Sarat Singh

June 10, 2020

Sent May 13, 2020; Imphal, Manipur, India, from Sarat Singh, a very special partner in equipping disciplemaking churches:
"Unbelievable !! This afternoon I saw the sad news of sir Carl in Facebook. As you know that, since my family spent with sir Carl in the last 10 years for the expansion of Lord's kingdom here in India my family is also one of the most affected families by the sad news of sir Carl. I do not know the appropriate words to express our deep sorrow for him. We could not control our tears and mourned many hours. His great love and support for my family will remain in our hearts forever. After hearing the news of sir Carl our disciple making pastors and leaders are also sending their messages of their sorrow for our beloved sir Carl through WhatsApp. It's really a painful and heartbreaking news for my family particularly. Please convey our love and sorrow to aunty Norma and family."

Jean Reif Robinson

June 4, 2020

Carl and I were at one time co-managers for the Greyhounds in the Senior Co-Ed Softball League at Caswell Park. I will always remember his kindness toward all the team members regardless of their athletic abilities.

Romine Brooks

June 2, 2020

Carl and Norma were on my Campus Crusade Boston Team in the 1970's. From the first day, Carl epitomized a Spirit-Controlled (Gal. 5:22-23) Person . St. Paul may well have welcomed him and introduced him to all as an example of St. Paul's very words. Carl is also an example of 2 Tim. 1:7, "For the Spirit God gave us does not make us TIMID, but gives us power, love and self-discipline." In those days of violent campus unrest, SDS and marches, Carl was in the thick of it with us. Three of us hilariously demolished the Radical Student Movement scheme to secure use of Boston University student funds on Carl's assigned campus. On the three floor micorophones lin the Student Union meeting room, Radicals were priming the students to elect the Communist leader President of the Boston Student Union. Dressed as Riadicals, three of us then simultaneously got on the three micorphones. One nominated the Radical's most vocal, unlovely female--rather that their intended nominee-- of course! Another seconded the nomination. A third called for the vote. I am still laughing at the looks we got. Also, Carl reserved a table for Bibles and our literature in the Student Union Friday at noon and then we left them and went out out to witness, leaving the girls in charge. The Radicals dumped the table and made it theirs--illegally. Carl then staffed it with the" bruisers " on the football team whom he had won to Christ! Problem solved! May the Lord keep giving us men like Carl!

Jim Kerr

May 26, 2020

Since the third grade at Anderson School , Carl has been a best friend with whom I have shared many of life's triumphant and trying times in our lives. It was always a pleasure spending time with Carl whether watching the Vols together when he was living here in San Diego or by long distance on the phone after he moved back into the same house in Knoxville where I used to spend the night when we were kids. Over the past few years Carl has been an anchor helping me to stay attached to the wonderful places and people of my home town in Knoxville. I will miss him dearly, for his passing has left a large hole in my heart. Attached is my last photo of us at Clingman's Dome from September 2019.

Andy McAdams

May 24, 2020

Carl was more than someone I shared ministry with, he was a friend. We shared many breakfasts together while sharing ideas. He was candid and honest and you could tell that his love for the church of Jesus Christ was strong and wanted to assist its leaders.

His love for the church took him even to some of the most difficult places in the world.

Norma was his partner that supported Carl and stood next to him in his life's work.

Carl lived a long life but it seemed to us that it wasn't long enough and taken away suddenly in a most unexpected manner.

If Carl could speak to us today I believe that he would tell us exactly what he told people while he lived which is, "You don't know how many days you have to live so don't waist for Christ.

You will be missed Carl. You are loved. Please give my Belle a hug.


Byron Smith

May 23, 2020

Carl, you have been a great friend and a faithful brother in the Lord. From our summer at Arrowhead Springs in 1967 when we were “roomies” you have always been my encourager. Also, we prayed for each other and for each other’s children as our families blossomed. We went different ways within Campus Crusade for a while but came together again in the 80s to serve pastors and church leaders through Church Dynamics International. No one could communicate making disciples who make disciples better than you!
You had special relational skills and a big heart to come alongside pastors who needed a special friend like you. It was exciting to see your reproductive disciplemaking ministry in India grow exponentially. May it continue to bear lasting fruit, 30-60-100 fold. I miss you and look forward to our reunion in our Lord’s glorious presence. Then you can catch us up on Ryan’s family’s adventures!