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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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April 2017
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Rev. Alisdair Smith (1925-2017)

Alasdair Smith, who passed away earlier this year, was born in Ness in 1925. He was the son of John and Margaret and the eldest of seven of a family. He attended school in Ness, before entering his working life at the aerodrome and as a weaver and upholsterer. He was called up during the Second World War in the Royal Navy, but ill health cut his wartime service short, as he was forced to return home to recover from pneumonia and pleurisy. Mr Smith came to faith in 1954 and, despite his quiet demeanour, sensed a call to ministry in his 30s. He went to...

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March 2017
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Mike Ovey (1958-2017)

Rev. Dr Mike Ovey, principal of Oak Hill Theological College, died suddenly on 7 January 2017. Mike was 58 years old and is survived by his wife Heather and their three children. Mike’s sudden death has left the Oak Hill community in shock and mourning. Dr Ovey studied at Oxford and worked as a parliamentary lawyer before training for the ministry at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. His first post was as curate at All Saints Crowborough, he later moved to Moore Theological College, Sydney, where he was a junior lecturer and continued his studies. Mike joined Oak Hill as a research fellow and doctrine lecturer in...

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February 2017
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Helen Roseveare (1925–2016)

On Tuesday, 13 December 2016, the funeral of Dr Helen Roseveare took place at St Elizabeth’s Church in Dundonald, Belfast. Helen had a keen sense of her failings and need of the Lord’s forgiveness, but it was her keener sense of being loved by Jesus that was central to her faith and accounted for her wholehearted service. When she began the nursing school in Nebobongo, in the northeast of what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), she chose the motto ‘totally for Jesus’. That motto shaped the whole of her Christian life, from her conversion in 1945 till her passing to glory on...

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January 2017
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Cliff Barrows (1923–2016)

Cliff Barrows, music and programme director of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, died last year at the age of 93 after a brief illness. A long-time director of music programming, and later television and radio programming, for the Billy Graham crusades, Mr Barrows travelled the world with Billy Graham since the first crusade in Grand Rapids, Michigan, US, in 1947. For more than 60 years, Mr Barrows hosted the weekly radio programme, Hour of Decision, which was heard around the world. Mr Barrows and Mr Graham met in 1945 while Barrows was on his honeymoon. The two men soon formed the first team of what...

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December 2016
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Rev. Alec Motyer (1924-2016)

Earlier this year, John Alexander Motyer — Alec Motyer — was called to be with the Lord, aged 91. Rev. Lee Gatiss of Church Society has written this tribute: Mr Motyer studied at Trinity College, Dublin, where he was awarded BA, MA, and BD degrees. He trained for the Anglican ministry at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, and was a curate in Lichfield diocese before becoming a theological college tutor in Bristol. He was vice-principal of Clifton Theological College from 1954 to 1965, before going back into parish ministry at St Luke’s, West Hampstead, for five years. The call to theological education remained with him, however, and...

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November 2016
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Rev. Vernon Higham (1926-2016)

On 14 September 2016, the Lord called home one of his choice servants, and one of the most respected ministers in the British Isles: William Vernon Higham, pastor emeritus of the Tabernacle Cardiff. The funeral service was held in the Tabernacle Cardiff on Tuesday 27 September. Pastor Robert Dickie, of Berean Baptist Church, Michigan, a long-time friend of the Higham family, officiated. Conversion Vernon Higham was born on 25 December 1926 and came to faith in Christ while studying at the Presbyterian Theological College at Aberystwyth, Wales. He had gone to an evangelical meeting there with the intention of mocking those present. But when he...

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October 2016
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Roger Cook (1941-2016)

Christian radio is often an unsung ministry in the UK and yet it has a huge impact across the developing world. Roger Cook’s great contribution in his many years of service for the Lord was developing radio ministry in both France and Francophone Africa. Roger Cook will be known widely among Grace Baptist churches for his work in GBM Radio, based in Abingdon, but he and his wife Helen began their missionary service in Belgium in Christian publishing. Roger and Helen became the first GBM missionaries to be sent into Europe by their church in Hounslow, as GBM adopted a church-based approach to mission. In...

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October 2016
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David Wilmshurst (1914-2016)

David Wilmshurst, or ‘O.D.’, as he would become known to generations of Gindiri students, was born on 21 August 1914. He grew up in Croydon, where his parents were members of West Croydon Baptist Church. It was through Isaiah 6:8 — ‘I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us? Then I said, Here am I! Send me’ — that the Lord called David into missionary service, and he travelled to Nigeria as an SUM (Sudan United Mission) missionary in 1940, soon after the outbreak of the Second World War. After a couple of years, he settled in...

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