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May 2021
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Obituary: Matthew Hill (1939–2021)

Matthew Hill, who died in January, became known throughout the UK during his period as Home Secretary of the Spanish Gospel Mission. He did much to raise the profile of the Mission among churches. Born in the New Forest, Matthew was converted as a teenager, and his life was Christ-centred from that point onwards.…

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April 2021
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Obituary: Colonel Robbie Hall QGM (1956–2020)

Baptist minister and bomb disposal expert Colonel Robbie Hall has died aged 63. He diffused a World War 2 bomb at a London gasworks in 1986. Following retirement from the Army, he pastored Hope Baptist Church in Bridgend, South Wales. Robert George Russel Hall was born in Spinningdale in the Scottish Highlands. He joined…

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March 2021
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Obituary: John MacLeod (1948–2020)

The sudden passing of Revd John MacLeod (Portmahomack) last December came as a shock to his beloved family, his congregation, and the wider FCS(C). A native of Fearn in Easter Ross, John was born in 1948 and converted in his youth. After studies at Aberdeen University, he worked as an insuranceunderwriter with Standard Life…

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February 2021
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Obituary: Paul Cook (1932–2020)

Paul Cook, who died on 9 November 2020, belonged to the generation of ministers who fought hard for biblical truth at a time when there were few solidly evangelical churches in England and liberal theology dominated the mainline denominations. For many years Paul attended the Westminster Fraternal as well as the annual Westminster Conference,…

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February 2021
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Obituary: Dr Jay E. Adams (1929–2020)

Paul Dr Jay E. Adams, the ‘father of Christian counselling’ has died aged 91. Adams came to prominence after publication of his ground-breaking book Competent to Counsel in 1970. He championed the cause of biblical sufficiency and spoke out against the encroachment of secular psychology into the counselling rooms of Christian leaders. Born in…

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February 2021
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Obituary: Dr Alan Cairns (1940–2020)

Free Presbyterian minister and seminary professor Dr Alan Cairns has died aged 80 after contracting coronavirus last October. The fifth of six children, Alan was raised by Christian parents in a working-class home in Belfast. An interest in music led the young Ulsterman to get involved in local Salvation Army meetings, where at the…

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January 2021
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David Winch (1934–2020)

‘Show me, Lord, the purpose for which I was born, that I may try to achieve it in the strength that you supply and for your glory!’ These words, written in David’s characteristic hand under the Greek of the text he was expounding, appear in the introductory pages of his commentary on John. He…

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November 2020
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Obituary: Stuart Sendall-King (1922–2020)

Mission Aviation Fellowship’s (MAF) co-founder, former RAF Flight Lieutenant, and Normandy Landings veteran Stuart Sendall-King has died aged 98. Stuart was one of the early pioneers to take light aircraft from London to the remotest parts of Central Africa in 1948, launching the first operation in Sudan two years later. He passed away peacefully…

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November 2020
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Obituary: Gwilym Roberts (1927–2020)

Revd Gwilym Roberts, a faithful minister of the gospel, has died aged 93. Gwilym was raised in Mold, North Wales. He completed National Service in the RAF and was impressed with the Christian commitment of two servicemen he befriended. In 1947, Gwilym attended an outreach event in Mold. He felt convicted but was not…

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November 2020
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Obituary: Mary Gladstone (1926–2020)

The importance of the Bible for beliefs and behaviour, as well as lucid books to bring Scripture afresh to each generation – this is what inspired Mary Gladstone’s 35 years as copy editor and proofreader at IVP from 1951 until her retirement. The three-volume Illustrated Bible Dictionary was her labour of love. Her final…

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October 2020
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Robin Dowling (1946–2020)

Robin Dowling, a former Grace Baptist pastor, missionary, and theologian, departed to be with Christ in July. He will be sorely missed as a much-loved husband, father, and grandfather. He served his generation in gospel ministry from the 1970s until fairly recently. Coming from Bristol, he was well known among churches there when he…

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September 2020
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Dr J. I. Packer (1926–2020)

J. I. Packer went to be with the Lord on 17 July 2020. He was 93 years old. Packer was widely recognised as one of the most influential theological popularisers of the 20th century. Throughout nearly 70 years of writing and ministry, he stressed the importance of knowing and communing with God. He called…

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