For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life- John 3:16
  • 84 years old
  • Born on December 8, 1930 in Salong Kabankalan, Negros Occidental, Philippines.
  • Passed away on July 22, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois, United States.


Pastor Sofronio Gemoto returned to his heavenly home on July 22, 2015. He was surrounded by family and friends committed in prayer and song. He was 84 years old.

Sofronio was born to the late Eulogio and Simeona Gemoto, a sugar cane farmer and homemaker respectively, in Salong Kabankalan, Negro Occidental, Philippines on December, 8 1930. He was immersed in the Christian community that would be his lifelong support from an early age. After several years as a distinguished accountant for Camp Aguinaldo he received God’s call to ministry.

Sofronio was blessed with a loving and devoted family. He married his best friend and fellow follower in Christ, Leonor Martinez, on May 31, 1965 in Manila, Philippines. In 1975, Sofronio and Leonor moved to the United States. Sofronio would eventually receive his Masters of Divinity at Trinity Evangelical Theological Seminary in 1988.

In 1979 they moved to Chicago where his life’s mission to spread the beauty of the gospel would begin. From 1979 to 1981 Pastor Gemoto pastored the Fil-American Baptist Church. In October 1981, Sofronio founded Christ Our Savior Church. What began as a modest group of 20 parishioners blossomed to hundreds upon his retirement in 2001. Christ Our Savior continues to thrive to this day.

Pastor Gemoto would be remembered for his zest for life and spirited sermons. He woke up everyday with an appreciation for God’s teachings and was forever astounded by the beauty of all beings and environments. Friends and family could always count on Paster Gemoto and his wife for encouragement, unconditional support and acceptance.

In addition to his illustrious career, Sofronio was an avid fisher of men, fisherman, traveler, and gardener. He spent several hours during the spring and summer months tending to his own Garden of Eden. Never was a harvest not plentiful where he didn’t have enough to share God’s edible creations with friends and family.

Sofronio is survived by his wife, Leonor; his brother Igmedio; and his sister Ramona. He is preceded in death by his brothers Porfirio and Anselmo; his sisters Maxima, Albina and Jorette; and his parents. He is dearly missed by his loved ones, who celebrate the fact that he is at peace with his creator.

A wake will be held at Drake & Son Funeral Home (5303 N. Western Ave., Chicago IL) on Friday, July 24th from 4-9 PM. A memorial service will be held Saturday July 25th at Drake & Son at 10 AM, followed by his internment at the Rose Hill Cemetery. Following the internment, there will be a reception at American Home Care (6421 N. Hamlin Ave., Lincolnwood IL). Pastor Guimary will officiate the service. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Sofronio’s life. Prayers, condolences and memories are gladly accepted on this site. 


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Posted by Joy Vilches on 30th July 2015
Dear Mrs. Gemoto, May the Lord comfort you during this time of sorrow. Please know that we truly appreciate your great contribution to the ministry of Christ for the Philippines for many years. Pastor Sof's life was a great inspiration. to us and will continue to influence our liives. - Pastor Pert and Mel Alparaque
Posted by Kevin Meek on 29th July 2015
Sof - you had an amazing light about you. One of the more special people I've had the joy of meeting in my life. And to be lucky enough to be your neighbor, was most fortunate. Many happy memories,
Posted by Rose Dumlao on 27th July 2015
"my pastor,counselor,comforter,encourager and more than a father,grandfather to us whose legacy of love and helping families stay together for better,for worse ,in good times and bad times..legacies to go on to next generation of this family you helped reconciled with your prayers..prayers of a righteous man.the story of the prodigal son kept popping up in my mind whenever i remember what you have done for my family.we love you and treasure your love and work for the LORD.
Posted by Joy Vilches on 25th July 2015
Our hearts will greatly miss Pastor Sof. He was a like a father to us with his loving ways and meditative words that refelected God's heart. We can now imagine him in sweet fellowship with our Savior and Lord whom he deeply loved and always spoke of. We love you and will always miss you. Our earnest love and prayers to our dear Auntie Leonie. -Niel, Joy, Toto Haniel, Inday Naomi & Baby Ann Vilches
Posted by Marilou Logan on 24th July 2015
In His kindness God called you to His Eternal Glory by means of Jesus Christ. After you have suffered a little while, He will restore, support, and strengthen you, and He will place you on a firm foundation. All power is His forever and ever." 1 Peter 5:10 -11
Posted by Marilou Logan on 24th July 2015
Pastor Sof, "My family and I will always remember you for your passion, love, joyful heart, generosity, selflessness, and your humble Spirit in the Lord. We're so grateful, because God added us, into your circle of friends. We dearly love you (& ate Leonie) and you will always stay in our Hearts." Sincerely, Cesar, Marilou & the Logan Family
Posted by Norma De Jesus on 23rd July 2015
So comforting to know that we are not saying goodbye to our beloved Pastor Sof Gemoto. Instead we are saying goodnight because one morning we shall wake up with our Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ--and all those saints who have gone before us! Pastor Gemoto will be among them to welcome us!, What blessed hope we have in Jesus! We love you much, Pastor. Clarito & I shall miss you dearly--but it is not goodbye, but goodnight. See you in the morning!

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