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November 2017
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Joe West (1941-2017)

On 26 July, Joe West went to be with the Lord, aged 76. On 10 August, family and friends joined together at Providence Baptist Chapel in Dilton Marsh, Wiltshire, to mourn his passing and give thanks for his life of service. He was saved while a teenager and baptised at Totnes Gospel Hall in 1957. He began preaching on the chapel circuit of south Devon at the age of 16. He married Joan in 1962, a widow with three young children; together they had three more children. Before becoming a pastor, he had a rich variety of jobs including petrol pump attendant, clerk in a...

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November 2017
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Erroll Hulse —a beautifully proportioned life

The September 2017 edition of Evangelical Times reported on the homecall of Pastor Erroll Hulse (1931-2017). Dr Tom Nettles has written this tribute. Erroll Hulse was a major force in the rejuvenation of life among Reformed Baptists in England. He was indefatigable in his labours for the gospel, passionate in his love of truth, persistent in his love of friends, and unceasing in encouraging others in their labours and in the faith. Puritans I asked him one time, after he had bolstered my spirits in a peculiarly fitting way, ‘Who encourages you?’ He said, ‘The Puritans. They never change, they speak virtually with one voice....

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October 2017
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Peter Jeffery (1937-2017)

Peter was born in 1937. In 1955, aged 17, he became a Christian, even though that same day he had vowed, ‘I will never become a Christian!’ He married his high school sweetheart, Lorna, at the age of 21 and they had their first child two years later. Nine days after the birth, the baby died of spina bifida. Though Peter had been preaching since he was 18, this was used by God to call him into Christ’s service. He was ordained to the ministry in 1963, aged 25, and served as minister of Ebenezer Congregational Church in Cwmbran, Wales. In 1972 he accepted a...

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October 2017
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Leslie Jarvis (1938 – 2017)

On 27 July 2017, the funeral and thanksgiving service for Leslie Jarvis was held at the Baptist chapel in Market Street, Hailsham. The chapel was full, with family, friends and Christian brothers and sisters from many of the churches that Leslie had helped through his preaching and pastoral ministry. The spirit of thanksgiving and worship, especially through the singing of Leslie’s favourite hymns, was a testimony to the grace of God in his life and a wonderful support to Leslie’s wife Nettie and his family. Jonathan Jarvis gave a message of thanksgiving and reminiscence on behalf of his mother, brother and sisters. Pastor Paul Relf...

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September 2017
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Erroll Hulse (1931-2017)

We heard from his family on 3 August of the passing of Pastor Erroll Hulse, in the Wetherby Manor Nursing Home, where he had been cared for recently, after suffering a stroke three and a half years ago. Erroll was born in South Africa in 1931 and graduated in architecture at Pretoria University. Helped by the preaching of Welsh evangelist Ivor Powell, he came with his wife Lyn to study at London Bible College, as ‘a dogmatic Arminian.’ Through the lectures of Dr E. F. Kevan, the preaching of Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones and the friendship of Rev. Iain H. Murray, he was greatly helped to...

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August 2017
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Antony Simon (1967–2017)

On Monday 29 May, while on a mission trip to the northern part of Iraq, evangelist-pastor Antony Simon was killed in a car accident. Tony and two colleagues were crossing a busy road, after preaching at a small church and handing out audio-Bibles and humanitarian aid. There was no street lighting and by the time the driver noticed them it was too late. Tony was killed immediately. He was 52 and is survived by his wife Donna, three adult children, one daughter-in-law and a granddaughter, who was born during Tony’s funeral service. The funeral took place on Wednesday 14 June at the Alliance Church International...

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June 2017
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Doll Olyott

What a delightful experience it was to be at a Christian funeral which was ‘weighty, but not heavy’. Along with the sorrow that comes from the death of a loved one, there was joy and hope in great measure. On Tuesday 9 May 2017, many people, family and friends came from near and far to worship God and give thanks for the life of an ordinary, yet extraordinary, lady. Doris Olyott, or (as many people knew her) Doll, went to be with the Lord, ‘which is far better’, on Wednesday 26 April. Her husband, Rev. Stuart Olyott, led the service, Matt Francis, pastor at Christ...

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May 2017
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David Streater (1933-2017)

On 24 March this year, a service of thanksgiving for the life of Rev. David Arthur Streater was held at Bethany Baptist Church, Mumbles, Wales. The church was packed to capacity for the occasion. The service was led by the pastor, Rev. Mike Leaves. Prayers were taken by David’s son-in-law, Rev. Dr Dick Seed, a missionary in Kenya. The gospel-centred sermon, requested by the deceased, was preached by Dr Barry Shucksmith, former Oak Hill College student and, for over half a century, a ministerial friend. The service had been prepared by David before his death and included the hearty singing of three hymns: ‘My hope...

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