Tributes pour in for Methodist pioneer and broadcaster

Tributes pour in for Methodist pioneer and broadcaster

By staff writers
13 Nov 2007

Christian churches and organisations have been honouring and remembering Rob Frost, who died on Sunday.

The Evangelical Alliance, Premier Radio, and the Methodist Church are among many Christian organisations who have paid tribute to the broadcaster and founder of Share Jesus International, who died in hospital.

He was diagnosed with skin cancer in June and underwent treatment. He was taken into hospital on Wednesday 7 November 2007, as his condition worsened.

Rob Frost was in great demand as a preacher, the International Director of the International Leadership Institute based in Atlanta and the author of over 25 books. He presented Premier Radio's flagship current affairs programme called Frost on Sunday and his weekly TV show on the God Channel was broadcast under the title the Frost Debate.

He lectured in mission and evangelism at London School of Theology and was a regular teacher at theological institutions throughout the UK.

Though a convinced evangelical Christian, he maintained wide links - contributing a foreword to a book by academic Stephen Plant about the ecumenical German Lutheran theologian and victim of the Nazis, Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Frost also formed a bond with Christian Peacemaker Teams' Iraq hostage Norman Kember, and spoke on his behalf and in favour of Christian peacemaking on a number of occasions.

As the Director and then President Emeritus of Share Jesus International, an inter-denominastional mission agency which he founded 25 years ago, he initiated scores of projects including Easter People, a conference which celebrated its 20th anniversary last year.

He also served as President of Release International, an agency which cares for Christians mistreated and oppressed for their faith throughout the world.

Rob Frost leaves behind his wife Jacqui, his two sons Andy and Chris, and his father Ronald.

The Rev Joel Edwards, General Director of the Evangelical Alliance, described Rob Frost as “one of the bright light champions for evangelical witness, evangelistic fervour and creativity; an outstanding pioneer.”

Dr Edwards continued: ”His aspiration to rediscover the spirit of Pentecost and make it accessible to culture through the church is a vision which he didn't live to see but this will have been his final legacy to Christian faith in Britain.

David Heron, chair of Premier Radio said: “Rob had a most unique, skilful, ministry within the Methodist denomination and wider Church.

“He had the heart of an evangelist and obviously he was a broadcaster as well. He had an extraordinary ministry that will have an effect on the lives of the people he touched for all eternity.”

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