John F Brencher was born in London on 10 April 1936 and died in York on 3 March 2020. Educated at Hornsey College of Art, London Bible College and the universities of Leicester, York and Sheffield, he was converted in 1949 and baptised at Stroud Green Baptist Church, north London.
He served in the Royal Army Medical Corps during 1955-57, married Elizabeth Russell in 1964 and had two children: Lydia Faith in 1967 and Paul Carey in 1971.
In the early 1950s he attended Westminster Chapel, becoming a member from 1954-59. His association with the chapel strongly influenced his life and clarified his call to the ministry.
His book, Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) and Twentieth-Century Evangelicalism received encouraging reviews and was selected as a finalist for the John C Pollock Award for Christian biography.
In 1963 he became a member of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC) and minister of Bethel Church in Liverpool, 1968-87. During his pastorate he was a member of the FIEC national council, wrote for Go Teach publications and played a part in the editorial board of Fellowship magazine, the overseas relationship committee, and became national president in 1984.
He leaves his wife, Elizabeth, his two children, Lydia and Paul and six grandchildren.