Today's Baptist Times carries the announcement of the death of a minister who died too young, too soon. I'm not sure how old Jeff was, but I reckon about my own age.
I met Jeff when we both served on the committee of the Baptist Ministers' Fellowship (BMF), I as area rep for EMBA and he as sector rep for Chaplains. There was some common ground in that we both trained at Northern (he best part of a decade ahead of me) and that he was chaplain at Northampton General Hospital; at some point he had visited my Mum when she was in hopsital and I am grateful for that, as was she. More recently Jeff moved to the south coast to take up a chaplaincy role in Taunton.
I knew Jeff had been diagnosed with cancer a couple of years back but had understood all to be going well.
Jeff brought to BMF committee meetings lightness and wisdom, humour and spirituality, important insights from the 'sectors' and a genuine interest in our own pastoral ministries. He will be missed.
Go in peace, good and faithful servant.