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September 2016
Obituaries

Peter Bull (1939-2016)

Peter Bull, the guesthouse owner whose legal battle to defend biblical marriage went all the way to the Sup-reme Court, has died peacefully in hospital aged 76. In a statement from the Christian Institute, which supported Mr Bull and his wife Hazelmary since 2008, when legal proceedings first started against them, the organisation claimed the couple’s Christian witness had challenged people to remain faithful to God in their own workplaces. Mr Bull was born in London and raised in Essex. A building surveyor by trade, he moved to Cornwall after marrying Hazelmary. Initially they ran a guesthouse in Redruth, before moving to Marazion 30 years...

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August 2016
Obituaries

Geraint Fielder (1935-2016)

In generations past, at least in Wales, we venerated our preaching stars — the ‘pulpit princes’, whose appearance at special events could always draw a crowd. In yet earlier generations, however, men of great talent gave themselves largely to serving a local church. In some humble ‘Bethel’ or ‘Calvary’ they would delight in the ordinary duties of ministry and yet find time for significant works of theology, or history, or hymnology. It was to this tradition that Geraint Fielder belonged, as a man born out of due time. Mr Fielder was born in Gorseinon near Swansea, and brought up in an evangelical household, which attended...

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July 2016
Obituaries

Dr Enid Parker (1920-2016)

On 8 April 2016, Dr Enid Parker, known as ‘Asamolta’ or the ‘Red lioness’ to the Afar people of East Africa, went to be with the Lord she had served so passionately, for so many years. Born in Edenfield in Lancashire in 1920, her childhood was a sad one. Her father’s health was ruined by the Great War and he died when Enid was only seven. Her mother was unable to care for Enid and her two brothers, so they were all cared for by other relatives. During World War Two, Enid served in the land army and Women’s Auxiliary Air Force. Following the war...

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June 2016
Obituaries

Fred (1921-2015) and Marion Stone (1927-2015)

Fred Stone was one of 11 children born to Pastor and Mrs John George Stone. His father was a Baptist minister in Hartlepool. During the war Fred served in the RAF and took part in the Normandy landings. Marion Stone was one of five children born to Mr and Mrs William Snowdon. Her father was a steel worker. In her young adult life she worked as an administrator with a local bus company. Fred and Marion were married in 1948 at Oxford Road Baptist Church, Hartlepool. In their early years of married life they lived in Hartlepool. Their children, Ruth and Ken, were born in...

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June 2016
Obituaries

Jerry Bridges (1929-2016)

There have been many tributes to the life and ministry of Jerry Bridges, who died on 6 March, aged 86. He is survived by two children. Tony Reinke, staff writer for Desiring God, who conducted an interview in 2011 with Mr Bridges (http://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/jerry-bridges-1929-2016-five-lessons), said, ‘He was not only a friend, he was a big influence on my Christian life’. On his blog, Justin Taylor, executive vice-president of Crossway, wrote, ‘There was nothing flashy about Jerry Bridges. He was a humble and unassuming man, strong in spirit, if not in voice or frame. And now we can rejoice with him in his full and final healing, as he...

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June 2016
People

Mission – Puritan Chapel service

How does one begin to reach an area with the gospel where there is no evangelical witness? A tiny answer to this question was recently provided in Bramhope, an affluent suburb of Leeds with no evangelical church. There is, however, the Puritan Chapel, built in 1649. It is Bramhope’s oldest building, well kept by the local council, but rarely used. The church is both unusual and beautiful. Its central, two tiered pulpit has high box pews around it, meaning that several of the congregation would have to be seated with their backs to the preacher! However, most of the locals have never actually been in...

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February 2016
Obituaries

Peter Rowell (1933-2015)

Peter Rowell was born into a godly family in Huntingdon. Both his father and grandfather were pastors. In 1952 he went to Nottingham University to study physics. It was, for him, a time of deepening spiritual conviction, and he was baptised by his father, in Rochdale, the following year. Physics lecturer He graduated from Nottingham and went to do a DPhil in low temperature physics at Oxford. He became a lecturer in physics at Nottingham University from 1958-1965, but during this period felt the call to preach and began an itinerant ministry in the Midlands and north of England. He gradually realised God was calling...

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January 2016
Obituaries

Susan Heaps – a woman made beautiful by the grace of God

There can be few more painful or faith-testing experiences for a man than to see his wife of 43 years being lowered in a coffin into a deep, clay-lined chasm in the ground. Such was my experience two days ago (on 6 November 2015). My Sue had died just 10 days earlier, aged 65, less than a year after being diagnosed with a large, aggressive, high grade tumour in the front of her brain. She was my best friend, constant companion, confidant, wise counsellor, gentle critic, lover, fellow pilgrim and heart’s delight. She was also the loving mother of our five children and an amazing...

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January 2016
Obituaries

Lillian Ladele (1960–2015)

Lillian Ladele, the Christian registrar whose court battle to protect freedom of conscience became the UK’s leading case on the issue, died at home last year of natural causes. She was just 54. Miss Ladele faced a long-running legal battle, supported by the Christian Institute’s legal defence fund, which went all the way to the European Court of Human Rights. In 2003 Lillian Ladele told her managers at Islington Council that, should civil partnerships ever become law, she would have a conflict of conscience, based upon her Christian beliefs about marriage. Following the introduction of civil partnerships, Miss Ladele wrote to her employer in 2006...

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November 2015
Obituaries

Robin Bird – from poultry farmer to publisher

Frederick Robin Bird, known as Robin, passed away peacefully in Winchester on 31 March 2015, at 85 years of age. He left his wife Margaret, 10 children, 30 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, a sister, a publishing house and a charity. Robin was born on 10 November 1929 in Alderford, Norfolk, into a farming family, and farming remained an abiding interest throughout his life. As a young man he left Norfolk for Australia to make his fortune and, by dint of determination, imagination and energy, quickly established himself as a leading figure in poultry farming and processing, eventually supplying the P&O shipping line. It was at this...

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October 2015
Obituaries

Peter Hulland (1935-2015)

Peter Hulland was preacher and pastor at Stanton Lees Chapel in the Derbyshire Dales for about 40 years. His church, greatly blessed by the Lord over these years, has long been a centre of good preaching, with special preaching services several times a year, attended by many people. From his RAF days, Peter worked at Rolls Royce and then as a technical clerk. In 1953, he was a student at Cliff College, Calver, where he valued the ministry of such Methodists as Edward Eagles, Baines Atkinson, Dr Farndale and Tom Butler. Cliff College Peter wrote of that time: ‘Through Cliff I got something from God...

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September 2015
Obituaries

Dr Peter Trumper (1934–2015)

Peter Trumper was born in Chatham, Kent, in 1934, but lived most of his life in Wales. His father was second-in-charge of the home guard for Wales during World War Two. At school, he was taught by George Thomas (later Speaker of the House of Commons).  He gained a choral scholarship and continued during his teens with choral singing and also some radio broadcasting. He developed as an actor and eventually entered Cardiff Castle of Music and Drama. By this time, he was disaffected with Christianity. Peter was due to play the part of Jesus in a college play, but a fellow student organised a boycott,...

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