Longtime Board of Pensions Representative Is Mourned

April 29, 2015

Reverend Ernesto Badillo Jr.

Reverend Ernesto Badillo Jr.

Philadelphia, Pa

Many people within the boundaries of the synods served by the Reverend Ernesto Badillo Jr., Regional Representative for the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), are mourning his loss.

Rev. Badillo, who represented the Synods of the Trinity, the Covenant, and Boriquen (Puerto Rico), passed away Sunday, April 26. He was 53.

"It is with the greatest sense of sadness that I learned that Ernesto Badillo has gone to join the celestial choir,” said the Reverend Ruth Faith Santana-Grace, Executive Presbyter of the Presbytery of Philadelphia. “His witness to the Gospel has impacted so many of our lives.”

Rev. Badillo was a valuable member of the Board of Pensions for more than two decades. As a Regional Representative, he served presbyteries in Puerto Rico, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. He also supported the Board’s Spanish-speaking membership and the pensioners, dependents, and survivors residing in Cuba.

Before becoming a Regional Representative, Rev. Badillo served the Board of Pensions as Account Executive for the Affiliated Benefits Program, Manager of the Regional Service team, and Regional Administrator for Member Services.

“From the start of his service with the Board of Pensions — when he was recruited from his representation of the Presbyterian Church in Puerto Rico regarding their benefits, needs, and concerns — through one of his final efforts, seeking out the Cuban recipients of pensions that had been frozen after the revolution, Ernesto was devoted to serving his region with knowledge and sensitivity,” said the Reverend John G. McFayden, Vice President of Church Relations for the Board of Pensions.

Before joining the Board of Pensions in 1992, Rev. Badillo served as pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. He also was a veteran of various presbytery positions, and served as chairman of the Personnel Committee of the Synod of Boriquen and on a General Assembly Stated Clerk Nomination Committee.

Last May, Rev. Badillo was presented the Award for Ministerial Excellence from his alma mater, the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico. As the award’s first recipient, he partnered with the seminary’s Alumni Association and the Synod of Boriquen to establish an endowment with the Presbyterian Foundation. This fund will benefit the church administration curriculum at the seminary and provide an annual Church Administration Award.

A Service of Witness to the Resurrection for Rev. Badillo is scheduled Saturday, May 2, at 3 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. The service will be followed by a greeting of the family and light refreshments. Teaching elders are invited to wear robes and colorful stoles.

Anyone wishing to continue to honor Rev. Badillo can do so through the Presbyterian Mission Exchange.

Notes and letters of condolences can be sent to Rev. Badillo’s wife, María de los Ángeles Rodríguez, and their son, Ernesto, at 11 Woodstone Drive, Voorhees, NJ 08043.

For more information, see pensions.org.

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  1. Ernesto was my friend and truly a man of GOD. He always had a kind word to say with a smile even when he was not feeling well himself. His integrity, wit and sense of humor was infectious. He knew his purpose in life and that was to serve CHRIST. He definitely was a solider for the LORD. He will be missed by me and his colleagues. I would like to express my deepest condolences to his family. May GOD continue to give each of you the strength you need during this difficult time.

    by Mark Jones

    May 13, 2015

  2. A pesar de que no conoci al senor Padilla y su familia por mucho tiempo quiero expresar mi mas sincero pesame a su familia ; desde que lo conoci dejo una imprecion de una persona honesta y sincera.Que Dios lo Guarde a el y familia.

    by Miguel Gomez

    May 10, 2015

  3. REV. ERNESTO BADILLO: Amigo hermano Ernesto En Jesus tu cruz cargaste Siguiendole ministraste Yo testifico que es cierto Pues esta claro en el texto A la meta has llegado Con Dios Padre a tu lado Una carrera triunfante Testimonio edificante En Cristo Resucitado.

    by William Reyes

    May 5, 2015

  4. Since I met him and preached in his church in the Viejo San Juan area of Puerto Rico he became a dear friend and brother in the Lord. As a pastor he always was inontact to know ho i was doingand to see if he could help inany way. I will truly miss this dear brothr in Christ! Hasta la consumación del Reino Ernesto!

    by Eriberto (Eddie) Soto

    May 2, 2015

  5. Since I met him and preached in his church in the Viejo San Juan area of Puerto Rico he became a dear friend and brother in the Lord. As a pastor he always was inontact to know ho i was doingand to see if he could help inany way. I will truly miss this dear brothr in Christ! Hasta la consumación del Reino

    by Eriberto (Eddie) Soto

    May 2, 2015

  6. Ernesto was actually a Regional Representative first, then went in house at the Board of Pensions so he could have more time with his young children. I know, because I took over part of his region in 1998 when I joined the Board and covered the Synod of the Trinity until being asked to help start the Board's Educational Program. Ernesto went back as Regional Representative to the regions noted above and served them with all of his energy, intelligence, imagination and love until his untimely passing. To his family and friends I express my deepest sympathy. And, I am confident. our Lord greeted him with the words "Well done, thou good and faithful servant."

    by Steven R. Fleming

    April 30, 2015

  7. I am grateful to God for the opportunity to have known Ernesto and witnessed his passion for ministry. Ernesto was a servant to the servants and we will always remember his dedication and commitment to the One who called him to serve. Prayers are being lifted for Angie and Ernestito and may God continue to enfold them with love and strength during this time of transition and loss. There is no doubt that Ernesto has left us with amazing memories and a true example of service in God's vineyard!

    by Victor Aloyo, Jr.

    April 30, 2015

  8. Such sad news!

    by Andrew Yeager-Buckley

    April 30, 2015

  9. Celebramos la vida de fe y compromiso del compañero Rev. Ernesto Badillo y damos gracias por sus dones y talentos que tanto bien han hecho a la Iglesia. Oramos por consuelo y fortaleza para su querida esposa Angie, su hijo Ernestito y por toda la familia.

    by Rev. Blanqui Otaño

    April 30, 2015

  10. A true friend, a great servant of God. He will be missed.

    by Carmen M. Rosario

    April 29, 2015

  11. Wonderful human being, beloved friend and mentor, his love and commitment to the Lord and the church are an inspiration to us all. Ernesto was a true peacemaker and a conciliator. Thanks be to God for his time among us and for the blessing of his friendship.

    by Vilmarie Cintrón-Olivieri

    April 29, 2015

  12. It is with deep sorrow that I express my condolences to the Reverend Ernesto Badillo's wife, Angie Badillo; his son, Ernesto Badillo Jr.; his family and loved ones. Ernesto was a true humble servant of God in Christ who by the power of the Holy Spirit carried his cross serving in Jesus; he proceeded towards the goal running the good race and triumphantly won it. Peace!

    by William Reyes

    April 29, 2015