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February 2018
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Rev. Dr Eifion Evans (1931-2017)

Born in Cross Hands, Eifion trained as a pharmacist before entering theological training for the Presbyterian Church ministry. He ministered in Cardiff, Aberystwyth, Belfast and Abergavenny before returning to pharmacy in West Wales while continuing his preaching ministry and the encouraging of smaller fellowships. Like many Christians, I first met Eifion Evans through his books. When he is come, on the 1859 revival in Wales was the first book I read as a new Christian. It had a lasting impact on me. Eifion’s gift of writing church history with clarity, warmth and challenge was a rare one and his books leave a helpful legacy for...

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February 2018
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Rev. J. Glyn Owen (1919-2017)

Rev. Glyn Owen was my minister during the formative years of my life. He and his wife Prudence were also very supportive of my dad and me when my mum died of cancer. Arguably, the first Evangelical Movement of Wales (EMW) English youth camp was started when Mr Owen sent a group of us young people to the Welsh camp at Glynllifon in 1957, and special English meetings were arranged. Glyn was born in Woodstock, Pembrokeshire. After leaving school, he became a local newspaper reporter and was converted when his Christian editor sent him to report on an evangelistic mission. He trained for the Welsh...

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February 2018
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Bobi Jones (1929-2017)

Scripture records the Lord Jesus as saying: ‘I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children’ (Matthew 11:25). Bobi Jones, no doubt, was the exception to the rule, as he was a man of exceptional intellect and creative ability, but he was also a beloved child of God. Robert Maynard Jones was born on 20 May 1929 to English-speaking parents in Cardiff and learned to speak Welsh as a teenager at Cathays High School. He went on to gain a first-class honours degree in Welsh at what is...

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February 2018
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R. C. Sproul (1939-2017)

The holiness of God, by Robert Charles Sproul, is perhaps one of the best known books written by 20th century Christians and is found on the bookshelves in many Christian homes. This pastor, who died on 14 December 2017, was also a passionate proponent of Reformation theology and supporter of the Reformed Protestant faith. Mr Sproul, who was born on 13 February 1939, was an American theologian, author, and ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church in America. He was co-pastor of Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Florida, and first president of Reformation Bible College. He was also on the council of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals....

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February 2018
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Dr Simon Kistemaker (1930-2017)

Dr Simon J. Kistemaker was born on 21 October 1930 and passed away on 23 September 2017. According to a statement from the Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) in the US, Dr Kistemaker’s teaching ministry at RTS began in 1971. After he left RTS Jackson in 1996, he and his wife Jean came to RTS Orlando, and he taught on the Orlando campus until 2011. Known affectionately as ‘Dr K’, his 52 years of teaching, and scholarly and publishing achievements, were widely accessible. His staff and faculty colleagues will remember him for his constant cheerfulness, prayerfulness, wisdom, and kindness. The statement recalled how he walked daily...

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January 2018
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John Hancock (1936-2017)

The church on earth has lost a Christ-like servant in the death of John Hancock. John was saved through the joyful life and testimony of some fellow national service soldiers, with whom he went to a SASRA meeting and heard the gospel. This great liberating and saving experience helped him move on from a difficult childhood, during which his only brother died. He was called to serve his new Lord. Out of gratitude, he gladly obeyed and spent his whole life preaching the same glorious gospel of grace and forgiveness, through the sacrificial death of the Lord Jesus Christ. He served full-time for most of...

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January 2018
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House of Windsor gets the Markle sparkle

Church leaders have welcomed the news of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement and urged prayer for the young couple. Dr Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, said: ‘I have met Prince Harry on a number of occasions and have always been struck by his commitment and passion for his charities, and his immense love for his family. ‘Marriage is a special and joyous commitment, one Jesus celebrated together with friends at the wedding in Cana. I am so happy Prince Harry and Ms Markle have chosen to make their vows before God’. Both Ms Markle and Prince Harry have suffered emotional upheaval in their lives; the American...

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December 2017
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Rev. David Bugden (1926-2017)

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...

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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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