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Peter Maiden (1948–2020)

September 2020 | by Kris Johnstone

Peter Maiden
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Peter Maiden, the former International Director of Operation Mobilisation (OM) and former chairman of the Keswick Convention, died on 14 July 2020 aged 72.

Born in 1948, Peter hailed from Carlisle where he met his wife, Win, at a youth meeting at Hebron Evangelical Church.

Peter began work in industry but, following a summer trip to Spain with OM in 1967, gained a new interest in Christian ministry. After returning from Spain, he joined the Open Air Mission, spending 18 months travelling and preaching throughout the UK.

While at a funeral, Peter met OM founder George Verwer and, in 1974, was asked to become OM’s UK leader. He served in that role for over 10 years until being appointed as the first Associate International Director in 1985. In this capacity Peter worked closely with Verwer, running day-to-day operations of the movement.

Peter became OM’s second International Director in 2003, during which time he emphasised the spiritual formation of OM workers, expanding the mobilisation of people from Africa, Asia, and Latin America, as well as pioneering new ministries.

In 2013, Peter passed international leadership of OM to the Singaporean Lawrence Tong. After stepping down, Peter continued with OM and Keswick through preaching and speaking engagements around the world, mobilising people for missions.

In addition to his work with OM and Keswick Ministries, Peter also served as an elder in his local church and on the Board of Trustees for Capernwray Hall and its Bible school.

He authored several books, including Building on the Rock, Discipleship Matters, and his most recent, Radical Gratitude (released later this year).

He is survived by his wife and three children, Tim, Dan, and Becks, as well as ten grandchildren.

Peter will be remembered for his many godly qualities, such as his passion for exegetical preaching of God’s Word. His quiet, often behind-the-scenes servanthood encouraged and challenged those who knew him.

He always made time to listen and to help anyone in need. His basic trust in people was not only exemplary but often gave people faith to persevere, pioneer, and please God.

Lawrence Tong reflected, ‘Our brother will be missed, but the legacy of his work for OM and the greater mission to reach the nations – as well as his kindness and friendship – won’t be forgotten.’

A memorial page for Peter has been setup at www.om.org/peter.

Kris Johnstone