I have just picked up the news that Revd Peter Grange, former Regional Minister of East Midlands Baptist Association, died this evening.
Peter was a very special person, and I for one am very grateful to have known him, albeit far too briefly. He had a wonderful, mischievous sense of fun, incredible wisdom and endless patience. He was a wonderful accompanier of newly accredited ministers, a skilled team leader and a good friend of my little church. He will be much missed.
Prayers are with his widow Janet and his daughters at this sad time, and also with members of the church to which he belonged, especially Pastor Bob who has to balance his own sense of loss with pastoral responsibilities.
One lesser known aspect of Peter's ministerial story is that he was Senior Student at Northern in 1971, a time when the college, its principal and inevitably its students had an incredibly tough time from others in the Union. As we compared notes, as two former Senior Students during times when there were tricky issues around (though the ones in my day were microscopic in comparison), I was struck both by the deep respect Peter had for Michael Taylor and the wisdom and grace that, even as a young man, marked his approach to a very difficult and painful situation. I wonder how many in the other networks of which Peter was a part could have shown such profound grace and maturity. Truly, in Peter we saw a 'man after the Lord's own heart.'