Pastor Robert Dyal preached his greatest sermon with his life. After committing himself to Christ
at the age of 23, he took an entirely different direction. He sold his service station, went to Bible
college, and would go on to found three churches and minister tirelessly to the people in his
community, always remembering the words of CT Studd “Only one life, twill soon be past, and
only what’s done for Christ will last.” His daily goal was to reach one more for Jesus, and to that
end, he opened up his home, gave away cars, sobered people up and brought them to church, and routinely handed out Gospel booklets which he kept near the pocket protector from his insurance sales days that read, “Ask me about fire insurance.” His favorite Bible verse was II Chronicles 16:9: “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him,” and, though the road wasn’t always easy, he endeavored to live up to the precepts of that Scripture. Pastor Dyal loved to remind others to live a purpose-driven life, repeatedly saying there are no accidents; God has a plan for you where you are. In fact, this passion for living a purpose-driven life inspired him to found his final church, the Purpose Driven church.
Though his mission was serious, his personality wasn’t. Ever the jokester, Pastor Dyal enjoyed
offering a shock pen to a new acquaintance, placing bricks behind the tires of the church
members’ cars, or modeling his Elvis wig. When he wasn’t plotting his next gag, he tried his
hand at writing, singing, sampling the latest technological gadgets, and buying and selling.
Reverend Aurthur “Robert” Dyal went home to be with the Lord on August 5, 2014. He was 69
years old at his passing and had most recently lived in Folkston, GA. He died at home under the
care of hospice after battling cancer.
Funeral services were held on Friday, August 8, 2014 at 11 am from Hidden Treasurers
Assembly of God in Kingsland, with Rev. Michael Williams officiating. Burial followed at
Keen Cemetery in Callahan, FL. The family received friends at the church from 9 to 11 am.
Pastor Dyal is survived by a loving wife, Lou Dyal; two daughters, Shannon Dyal Arreola and
Jeanine Dyal Kabasakalian; two sons-in-law, Ricardo Arreola and Adam Kabasakalian; and eight
grandchildren, Josiah Arreola, Lydia Arreola, Ezra Arreola,and Silas Arreola; Caleb
Kabasakalian, Noah Kabasakalian, Phoebe Kabasakalian, and Luke Kabasakalian; one sister,
Kay Geiger, and a host of friends from his former churches Hilliard First Assembly of God,
Hidden Treasures Assembly of God, and Purpose Driven church.
The following is an excerpt from one of Pastor Dyal’s final sermons . . .
You know one of the things I have preached the last few years strongly is Purpose Driven Life.
I believe God has a purpose for all of us to be here. I believe God has a purpose for all of you to
be here today. I believe He wants all of you to know the “eyes of the Lord are running to and fro
to find those whose hearts are perfect toward Him.” And He’ll find some too, somewhere today.
But God has a purpose and a plan for everyone of us, or everyone of you. Some of you will
go all the way through life and never find His purpose for you, and never even have a clue.
But some will get on the highway to heaven today. Some will honor God and He will honor
them. Which will you be?
Now I have brought some of you to a fork in the road. With knowledge comes responsibility.
Moses confronted God’s people — he presented them a choice. Deuteronomy 30:19 “I call
heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death,
blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:”
Joshua before he died called the people of Israel to Shechem and said, in Joshua 24:15 “if it
seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the
gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the
Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
I am sort of presenting a similar call to you today. If you want to live a purpose driven life. If
you want to honor God and present your heart to him and fulfill your purpose for your
generation. I want you to come, and we will pray together.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the family may be addressed care of Hidden Treasures Assembly
of God, 433 W. King Street, Kingsland, GA.
Allison Memorial Chapel of St. Marys was in charge of arrangements.