Rev. Glen Cole, who was born in 1933 and grew up in Tacoma, Wash., was the pastor of Capital Christian from 1978 - 1995.
"Under his leadership at Capital Christian Center, he moved the church from Howe Avenue to its current location on a beautiful 63-acre campus, founded Capital Christian School, and grew the church to several thousand in weekly attendance," Capital Christian said on its website.
Cole worked as an official for the Assemblies of God and "retired for six weeks" before returning to Capital Christian for two years in 2004, the church said.
He was senior pastor of Trinity Life Center from 2008 until his death, according to the church.
"He was a great friend, a pastor to pastors, and a father-in-the-Lord, to many," Capital Christian wrote. "Pastor Glen Cole will be remembered by his family, friends, and the congregations that were fortunate to hear his powerful and inspiring messages. He was oft-quoted with memorable statements: 'What on earth are you doing for heaven's sake?' 'You supply the willingness and He will supply the power!' and 'Do you have the victory?' "
Rick Cole, the current senior pastor at Capital Christian and Glen Cole's son, described him as warm and generous.
"Everything he touched was successful," Rick Cole told the Sacramento Bee. "He had a strong leadership gift and a positive personality. Every day was a good day for him."
Services for Cole have not yet been announced.