Logo

 

Banner Image:   Baptist-Times-banner-2000x370-
Template Mode:   Baptist Times
Icon
    Post     Tweet


The Revd William Maurice Heath: 1928-2017 


Longtime pastor of the Tabernacle, Llandrindod Wells, which grew in almost every aspect of its witness

 

Maurice HeathOne might almost say that Maurice entered the Baptist ministry on a Raleigh bicycle! His wife Edna worked in the Raleigh factory to finance his training at Paton Congregational College. The college tweaked the course to include Baptist Studies.

Maurice left school when he was 14 and worked in a gent’s outfitters. He went back to the shop following his National Service but his heart was always in the work of spreading the gospel. He was elected senior deacon at Whitemoor Baptist Church and subsequently “Pastor” when he was only in his early 30s.

During his time there he commenced the Maurice Heath Evangelistic Association and also his Summer Christian Camps for Young People. He did all these things despite the fact that he was lame after a near fatal polio attack which confined him to an “iron lung” as a youngster.

Following his studies at College, Maurice was inducted to the Baptist church at Long Crendon and after four years there moved to the Tabernacle, Llandrindod Wells. During a more than 30 year ministry, Tabernacle grew in almost every aspect of its witness, despite losing the occasional disgruntled groups who asserted he was not evangelical enough!

The Tabernacle was a huge Victorian building, far too large for a modern church. Toward the end of his ministry the building was declared unsafe, but, unfazed, Maurice led the church to face the challenge.

The building was replaced with a block of flats and a new modern worship centre. A fortnight before the building was due to be handed to the church, the builder went bankrupt and it was seized as part of his disposable assets.

Once more it was apparent he was the right man for the challenge. Thanks to him the building was released to the church.

During his time in Llandrindod Wells, Maurice was involved in Association and Union work, as well as lots of other things in the community. Deteriorating heath led his moving to Hathern, Leicestershire, the church he had often preached in former years and he found supportive fellowship there during the last years of his life. 

His wife Edna had predeceased him but his children lived nearby. Tim, Sarah and Stephen and their families who were all at his bed side when he passed away. We remember him with thanksgiving. 
 

William Maurice Heath born in Walsall, May 26, 1928, and died 8 March, 2017.

The Revd Meredith Powell

    Post     Tweet
'A deeply missed husband, father, pastor and friend, now in his eternal home'
Baptist minister and gifted musician and composer who encouraged musicians within his churches to use their gifting in services
Minister and author who pastored Baptist churches in Yorkshire and highlighted the rich heritage of Reformed thought in various New Testament commentaries
A generous man of warmth and humour, Jim was renowned for his pastoral care, which he continued into his nineties by telephone
The founder of Kevin Mayhew Publishers had a life-long love of music, fervently believed in social justice for all, and was genuinely open to people of all faiths and none
An active church member who took on leadership roles in wider denominational life, Ruth was typical of many ministers’ wives of her generation: first and foremost a ‘home-maker’, she saw her role as supporting her husband George in ministry
     The Baptist Times 
    Posted: 29/01/2021
    Posted: 08/12/2020
    Posted: 23/11/2020
    Posted: 03/10/2020
    Posted: 21/04/2020
    Posted: 23/03/2020
    Posted: 11/07/2019
    Posted: 20/03/2019
    Posted: 15/01/2019