Memorials -- By: Anonymous
JETS 23:1 (March 1980) p. 91
W. Gordon Brown
The Rev. W. Gordon Brown will be remembered by many as a pastor. He loved people so much that comforting the sorrowing or helping the suffering was the natural overflow of his large heart.
His greatest work, however, was at Central Baptist Seminary, Toronto, Canada, which he founded and which will never lose the stamp of his sterling character, his penetrating mind and his intensely diligent life. In his best years he could be found behind his desk early and late. He lived, as Lucan the Roman poet put it, “thinking naught done while aught remained to do.”
His richest and most rewarding work was-in the gospels. When he interpreted Jesus’ words he spoke as one inspired. He was speaking the words of the One who had the mastery of his life, and though the utterances were made almost two millennia ago they were being reannounced by the living Christ through his servant who was simply speaking his words after him.
Brown lived a full life. Thousands of workers in mission fields in far-off continents and in flourishing centers in Canada received their best inspiration and preparation for service from him. What they received from him was not building material fragile and flimsy but material of stone and iron to construct temples for the soul.
Though at the moment we feel only our loss and cannot with calm logic evaluate his exodus, later when our sorrow by the onward movement of duty has healed a little we shall say it was fitting that this Doctor of the Church who labored all his life for the culture of the soul and for the enlargement of the mind should be translated to higher service from Oxford. For while other cities boast of palaces built for power and wealth, Oxford’s palaces were built for the soul and for the intellect.
Roy C. Fullerton
Of the many pastors who have been called over the years to minister to the needs of Christ’s followers in New Alexandria, Pennsylvania, none is remembered with greater fondness than Dr. Roy C. Fullerton. He was more than just a clergyman serving a church; he was a friend and a tireless worker for his church and community for well over thirty years.
A Kansan by birth, Roy Fullerton was graduated from Cooper College and taught at Hoisington High School. While at Hoisington he proved himself to be a very able football coach.
In the spring of 1927 Fullerton graduated from the Reformed Presbyterian Seminary and was installed as pastor of the New Alexandria congregation on October 18, 1927. He remained as pastor until his resignation in August 1957, making his thirty-year pastorate the longest in the history of the New Alexandria Reformed Presbyterian Church.
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