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October 2019
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Douglas Higgins (1914-2019)

Douglas was born in the small village of Gleadles, South Yorkshire, a few days after the outbreak of World War I. He came to faith in Christ at the age of 22. His eyes were opened by the words of 1 John 5:12 – ‘He that hath the Son hath life; and he that…

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September 2019
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Dr Norman Geisler (1932-2019)

Renowned apologist, author and philosopher, Dr Norman Geisler has died at the age of 86. Known as a cross between Thomas Aquinas and Billy Graham, Geisler was a leading light in the defence of evangelical Christianity. In a career spanning seventy years, he founded Southern Evangelical Seminary in North Carolina and Veritas International University…

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August 2019
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Michael Wright (1927-2019)

Michael Wright, former elder of Hall Green Baptist Church in Haworth, West Yorkshire has died aged 91. Raised in Haworth, Michael studied civil engineering at Sheffield University prior to employment with British Steel McColls. Although attending Hall Green Baptist Church during childhood, Michael was not saved until 29 years old. He heard several sermons…

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July 2019
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Warren Wiersbe (1929-2019)

Born in Chicago, Warren was the youngest of four. In 1945, aged fifteen, Warren was converted after hearing Billy Graham preach at a Youth for Christ rally. He then aspired to honour Christ by preaching the gospel, teaching God’s Word and building up the church. While studying at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary (graduating in…

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May 2019
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Geoff Cox (1946-2019)

‘If any reference is made to me then my faults and failings must be faithfully mentioned, and any qualities and achievements must be attributed to the grace of God.’ With these words, Geoff Cox instructed those who would conduct his funeral and thanksgiving service. It was truly characteristic of the man who over 200…

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April 2019
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Dr Keith Small (1959-2018)

Dr Keith Small was one of the foremost Quar’an scholars of our time. His work on early manuscripts provoked new questions among secular and Islamic scholars alike. While at Dallas Theological Seminary, Keith read of Henry Martyn, and resolved to give his life to work among Muslims. He married Celeste Gardner in 1985, equally…

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March 2019
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Megan Franklin (1981-2018)

London Christians are groaning mutely at a fearful providence that has humbled us all, particularly the family of Brad and Megan Franklin. Brad is an American pastor of St Giles Christian Mission in north London. He has six young children (all under thirteen years old) and his wife, Megan, was expecting their seventh. Three…

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March 2019
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Douglas Dawson (1922-2019)

On 17 January, Douglas Dawson passed into glory. He had pastored several churches, including fellowships in Stretham, Borough Green and Leyton. Grace Baptist churches underwent much change during Douglas’ life. Along with Clifford Pond, Jack Hoad, John Appleby and Frank Ellis, Douglas played a pivotal role. Clifford, Jack and Douglas were leaders in the…

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February 2019
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Obituary: Reverend Timothy Alford 1933-2018

Rev Timothy Alford went to be with the Lord on 6th December 2018, aged 84. Raised in Colerne, Wiltshire, Timothy believed from an early age under the influence of his family and Colerne Evangelical Church. His pastor, Harry Matthews, brought Timothy to a turning point as he challenged him with Scripture. While still a…

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November 2018
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Dr John R. de Witt (1935-2018)

John de Witt passed into glory on Sunday 30 September 2018. The funeral service was at First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, SC, with Dr Derek W. H. Thomas and Rev. David H. Lauten officiating. I met Dick in September 1961, when he took part in the opening exercises in Philadelphia of Westminster Theological Seminary’s academic year.…

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Remembering Valerie Riches (1924-2018)

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September 2018
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Remembering Valerie Riches (1924-2018)

Valerie Riches, the founder president and former director of the Family Education Trust, died earlier this year, aged 93. When I was first introduced to Family and Youth Concern, as it was then known, in 1993, Valerie Riches had been labouring on behalf of the family and the welfare of children and young people…

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August 2018
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OBITUARY: Ray Wilkie (1930–2018)

Leslie Raymond Wilkie, went to be with the Lord on 6 June 2018, after a short period of illness from cancer. He died peacefully at home, with his immediate family around him, who sang some of his favourite hymns as he was taken into his greater home. Ray, as he was called, was born…

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