PETER GEORGE CLARK, BD.
Peter was born on 6th April 1927 in Stoke-on-Trent where he attended, and came to faith at, London Road Baptist Church. Having been baptised as a believer, his faith was both tested and strengthened by his National Service with the Royal Military Police in which he became a Sergeant.
Following demobilisation, he responded to the irresistible call of God to full-time service. Peter entered Spurgeon's College on 17th January, 1949, hoping to become a missionary to China, but political changes in that country led to his entering Baptist Ministry in England.
Leaving college, he married Jean Eckersley and began a truly shared ministry which lasted for just over 50 years.
Following pastorates in the South Lincolnshire Fellowship and then at Uppingham Road, Leicester, he came to his only Scottish pastorate at Bristo in Edinburgh. While at Bristo, he led the Edinburgh and Lothian Baptist Association to establish "The Tor" Residential Home.
After 8 years at Bristo he served for 5 years with the National Bible Society of Scotland before entering the local pastorate for his final period of service at Leamington Spa. He retired first to Llandudno and then to Arbroath, where his wife died suddenly at home in September 2004. In retirement he had become involved with the Arbroath Town Mission and there met Christyan White, whom he married in May 2006.
Two years later, Peter became very seriously ill with Legionnaire's Disease and spent nearly 9 months in hospital. During that time, Christyan also became unwell and, eventually, Peter had to be taken into Residential Care. Even there he was active in establishing a weekly devotional meeting for his fellow residents.
With declining health, Peter became physically weak but was mentally alert until the Lord called him to glory on 20th December, 2012.
Peter was a good man, full of faith and good works, with an unquenchable passion for mission. He would turn his hand to anything to help others. In each of his pastorates he was not only respected but greatly loved as a pastor who cared thoughtfully and practically for his people.
We extend our loving sympathy to Christyan, to his daughters Judith and Shirley, to his grandchildren and great grandchildren from his first marriage. It was a privilege and pleasure to have been his friend for over 60 years.
D Eric Watson
MRS GWEN McCALLUM
Gwen died on Saturday, 1st September, 2012, after a major stroke the previous day.
With her late husband, Rev Donald McCallum, she served faithfully within our Union from the 1950s. The churches at Bowmore, Granton, Stirling and Adelaide Place will feel especially grateful to God for the loyal witness of these two servants of God over many years. President of Women's Auxiliary 1969/70, Gwen was an able speaker in her own right and her support of Donald, coupled with her own gracious and loving personality, helped create a home where countless people found love, encouragement, comfort, and salvation.
We share the sense of loss particularly felt by her son Peter and daughter Ruth and their families. We assure them of our prayers. Yet we rejoice that Gwen, latterly so frail, is with the Lord, her hope realised, in full assurance of a glorious resurrection
MR BOB MILNES
Bob Milnes (Glenrothes) died on Tuesday 6th November after a long struggle with ill health. Bob was a former President of the Fife Baptist Mens Movement and served as a Deacon in both the Granton & Glenrothes Churches. Please remember his family - especially his wife Janet, in your prayers.
MRS CATHY MURDOCH
Mrs Cathy Murdoch, wife of Rev Bill Murdoch, died in St Andrews Hospice on 6th July. Her funeral was held at Holytown Crematorium on Thursday, 12th July, with Rev Stephen Parratt of Cleland Baptist Church officiating
MRS MARY LANNIGAN
Mrs Mary Lannigan, widow of Rev Tom Lannigan passed away peacefully in hospital on 15th May, 2012, aged 93. She is survived by her daughter Anne, who is a member of Linwood Baptist Church and also National Secretary of the Scottish Baptist Women's Fellowship.
MRS HELEN HASTINGS
Helen, a member of Denny Baptist Church passed away on 26th April aged 79 after a long period of poor health. She was a faithful member of the Church and the Rainbow Hour and will be sadly missed by all who knew her. Please pray for her husband Jim and daughter Janice and all the family.
REV PATRICIA MCDONALD BD MA
Pray for the family and friends of Rev Patricia (Pat) McDonald, a member of Pollok Baptist Church, who died on 23rd April after a long and brave battle with ill health. Having first distinguished herself in a nursing career, Pat felt led to the ministry and was ordained in 2002, serving as a hospital chaplain in Glasgow until 2007, when she was called to be the pastor of Scarborough Baptist Church in Yorkshire. Unfortunately, because of her health, Pat had to leave that pastorate in 2008, returning to her home city where, with great courage and determination, she continued serving God faithfully as she was able. She was a much-loved member of Pollok Baptist Church, where she faithfully engaged in young people's work even when her health was deteriorating further and she became reliant on a wheelchair.