On 18 September 2017, David Bugden, aged 91, was called home to glory. Although he came to know Christ at around 11 years of age, it was after he left school and was serving in the army that he sensed the call to full-time Christian service. He subsequently went on to train for the Baptist ministry at Spurgeon’s College, London, in 1948.
During his first pastorate and through the influence of Dr D. M. Lloyd-Jones, who was minister of Westminster Chapel, London, he came to embrace the doctrines of grace. Over the next 40 years, he served in various pastorates (including two in Canada), during which time he was committed to Christian literature work with Grace magazine, Grace Publications Trust and Grace Hymns, as well as being secretary of the Westminster Conference for 10 years.
He retired to Norfolk, but in 2002 moved to North Yorkshire to be nearer family. Despite his physical weakness, he remained constant in prayer, not least for his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and their eternal welfare, as well as for missionaries and many friends.
His wife, Pamela, who had faithfully supported him in over 50 years of Christian ministry (and 65 years of marriage), continued to support him as the effects of Parkinson’s disease took hold. He became increasingly frail but managed to attend church on a Sunday morning, until he went into Royal British Legion, Lister House, Ripon, where he received excellent nursing care for the last four months of his life.
The funeral service, conducted by Pastor Hugh Collier, was held on 29 September 2017 at Grace Baptist Church, Warboys, where David had ministered for some years. Rev. Malcolm Peters preached on the hope we have in Christ, and family and friends joined in the triumphant singing of praise to God. Though David is sadly missed, we rejoice that he is now ‘with Christ, which is far better’.