On October 12, 2015 ICAL lost one of our own, Apostle, Dr. Paul Costa a long-time member of ICAL and the new USCAL. At his side; his beloved wife Jan, their son Clark and his wife Alexis, , their Pastor Brian Copeland of Gateway Church, Pastor/Apostle Denny Duron of Shreveport, Louisiana (who led Paul to Christ), Jan Costa’s intercessory group and Apostle John P. Kelly. Dr. Paul was a spiritual son and best friend to Ap. John.
A few facts about Paul Costa: He earned a B.A. Degree in Communications from the University of Notre Dame, and Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Theology from the California Graduate School of Theology. He played college football for the University of Notre Dame and spent 8 seasons with the NFL’s Buffalo Bills from 1965-1972 as a tight end and offensive tackle. He also played 2 seasons in Birmingham, Alabama in the now defunct World Football League. Paul was also a sports broadcaster and football commentator on TV and owned several businesses: a restaurant, taxi service and rug company in Buffalo, NY.
It was during his football career that one of his team mates, Quarterback Denny Duron, led Paul to the Lord. Photo with Paul protecting his quarterback, Denny Duron, now Pastor of Evangel Cathedral in Shreveport, Louisiana.
In 1980, Paul went into full-time ministry and established a church in his hometown of Port Chester, NY. Paul spent 16 years as a pastor and traveled nationally and internationally for over 20 years, as a speaker in churches, conferences, and schools. He primarily ministered in the gifts of healing and prophecy, with an apostolic gift for healing impartation. This year he released: Healing the Multitudes (Amazon.com).
Dr. Costa also co- authored End Time Warriors and Power to Get Wealth with John P. Kelly and was the Editor-in-Chief for Antioch Churches and Ministries (ACM). John Kelly met Paul at Bordentown Military Academy in New Jersey when they were teenagers. They went on to separate universities and didn’t re-connect until 20 years ago.
Paul was a man of great faith and great courage. A man of humility and meekness, who with all of his trophies from pro-football, never really displayed them because he was always seeking the higher prize of the Lord and King Jesus Christ.
Paul has been fighting a valiant battle with cancer and now he is free of the pain and struggle. He will be greatly missed by all who ever knew him.
In the coming weeks there will be memorial celebration service at Gateway Church in North Richland Hills, Texas conducted by his Pastor Brian Copeland, Pastor Denny Doran and Apostle Kelly. Please pray especially for his wife Jan and son Clark and his wife Alexis who will greatly miss him, as will his friend Apostle John Kelly.