Pastor Tony Mendoza

Anthony R. Mendoza
FEBRUARY 17, 1954 – DECEMBER 27, 2021
Anthony R. Mendoza, 67, passed away Monday, December 27, 2021. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, January 15, 2022 at McLaren’s Chapel with visitation from 10 a.m. until service time. Burial will follow at Resthaven Cemetery.
Anthony “Tony” was born February 17, 1954 to Manuel G. Mendoza and Catherine T. (Ellenwood) Roybal on the Yakima Indian Reservation in Toppenish, WA and was a member of the Nez Perce Tribe. He graduated from Washington State School for the Deaf in 1974. Tony attended Gallaudet University in Washington DC from 1974-1975 and Temple Deaf Bible College from 1975-1979, graduating with a degree in Theology. On May 31, 1977, Tony married Debbie Sawhill, whom he met at Gallaudet University and again at the Deaf Bible College. Tony had training at Calvary Chapel in Florissant, MO from 1977-1979 and helped start Deaf Liberty Baptist Church in Kansas City, MO from 1979- 1982. He also served in the Grandview Park Baptist Church Deaf Ministry in Des Moines, Iowa from 1983 to 1997, Home Bible Church from 1998-2005, and lastly at Northridge Baptist Church Deaf Ministry from 2005 to 2021. Tony’s passion was to preach the Gospel of the good news of Jesus Christ and teach God’s Word to the Deaf everywhere he could go. He was able to preach and teach in churches and at conferences all over the United States and traveled overseas to Romania and Hungary as short-term missionary in 1995 and 1998. Tony was also employed by the United States Postal Service for 36 years and retired in May 2020.
Anthony is survived by his wife of 44 years, Debbie: three sons, Joshua, John (Becky) and grandchildren, Maddox, Paityn, Paxton, Sawyer; and son, Jacob (Lana) and grandchildren, Grace, Joanna and Nathon; siblings, Manuel Jr. (Esther) Mendoza, Philip (Joanne) Mendoza, Kathryn Perez, Pat Mendoza, Pam Reece, Diana (James) Winchester, and Robert (Michelle) Roybal, sister-in-law, Donna Rosenberger and sister and brother in law Doreen and Dick Moore, and many, many nieces and nephews.
Anthony was preceded in death by his parents, Manuel G. Mendoza and Catherine T. Roybal and stepfather, Joseph Roybal; sister, Marilyn Haddenham; brother-in-law, Dennis Rosenberger; and two grandchildren, Abigail Ruth and Providence Rain Mendoza.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Northridge Baptist Church, 3700 6th Ave, Des Moines, Iowa 50313, in memory of Anthony.


The IARBC received this email yesterday from Kevin Subra (former Pastor at Northridge Baptist Church, Des Moines). Please be in prayer for the Mendoza family, as well as the Northridge Baptist Church family.

Debbie Mendoza just contacted me, saying that she had posted this on Facebook:

Dear family and friends… I am saddened to share the news that my beloved Tony has passed away and is in the presence of his Savior Jesus Christ. He died in his sleep at 11:50pm last evening, December 27th in his hospital room. Although there were many medical interventions to try to help Tony improve, the Lord had other plans. Tony had a strong belief in the Sovereignty of God and that God will fulfill His plans for his life according to His good pleasure. Tony was honored to teach and preach God’s Word for over 44 years. We had a wonderful journey serving the Lord together. We rejoice Tony is full of joy and is perfectly whole as he now worships his Savior Jesus Christ

There is no need for you to say that you are sorry for my loss. “ To live is Christ, to die is gain”. Prayers are needed for wisdom and comfort as my sons and I learn a new path without Tony. Jesus is such a good and kind Shepherd… in Him we do trust and cling to. Thank you for your love and prayers.

Please be in prayer for Debbie, her 3 sons and their families.

Tony had faithfully served many years as a bi-vocational pastor of his deaf congregation under the Northridge Baptist Church. Though the congregations function separately for the most part, the church has lost two pastors this month.

On behalf of Debbie Mendoza and her family, thank you for your prayers,

Kevin Subra