It was with great sadness that I heard of the sudden death of Mike Ovey this weekend.

Mike leaves a big hole which it will be difficult to fill. Not only has he been an outstanding Principal at Oak Hill, but he has given himself unstintingly to the evangelical cause within the Church of England and indeed within the worldwide Anglican Communion. His brilliant mind has been greatly used in the service of the Gospel. His many friends have frequently relied on his godly advice, knowing that they were turning to someone with insight and theological depth.

Mike wore his gifts and accomplishments lightly: he was humble, very funny, and always on your side. These characteristics, coupled with a forensic intelligence, also made him a good pastor and I for one am very grateful for the encouragement he gave me.

Mike was one of the first members of my Advisory Group. I counted him a good friend and often turned to him for advice. As a result I was able to speak and act with greater confidence. He was a standard bearer for conservative evangelicals and we will miss him very greatly – even as we rejoice that that he is with His Lord and that nothing can separate us from His love.

We pray for Heather and the three children: Charlie, Harry and Ana – that they would know God’s strength and comfort at such a difficult time.

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