David Goodbourn, Baptist Union Trustee, ecumenist, dies
Tributes paid to Dr David Goodbourn, a former Baptist Union Trustee, Council Member and General Secretary of Churches in Britain and Ireland, who died on Sunday (9 November) aged 66
**update: an obituary of David Goodbourn
has now been published 25/11**
David had cancer, which only caused him to step down as a Baptist Union Trustee as recently as the summer just gone. He had served in this role since 2011, during which time he played a significant part in the Futures process, chairing a group which looked at the new governance structures of the Baptist Union.
Before then David was a president of Luther King House, the centre for theological education in Manchester (2005-2011) and a general secretary of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (1999-2006). He was a member of the central committee of the World Council of Churches and acted as moderator of its sub-committee on programmes.
He was an associate member of staff of the International Baptist Theological Seminary, and tutored at both Northern Baptist College (now Northern Baptist Learning Community) and Scottish Baptist College. He also served on the panel of reference for the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, was a member of the editorial panel of the Journal of Adult Theological Education and was chair of trustees for the charity Feed the Minds.
A wise and articulate voice, he wrote movingly about his cancer in an article for Reform Magazine just over a year ago.
General Secretary Lynn Green said, ‘I was saddened to hear of the death of David Goodbourn over the weekend.
‘David has made a very significant contribution to Baptist life over the years, most recently as a member of the BUGB Trustee Board. His wisdom, clarity of thought, his encouragement and unfailing support were all appreciated so much by his fellow trustees.
‘David has offered us an example of embracing suffering on the journey of discipleship throughout his illness. In the midst of our sense of loss we are thankful that he is now at peace with His Lord and we pray for his wife Lynn and the family as they mourn their loss.’
Graham Sparkes succeeded David as President of Luther King House in 2011. He said, 'David was deeply loved and respected here at Luther King House. During his years as our President he made an enormous contribution, both through his work as an educator and as someone with a wide understanding of the churches in this country and abroad. David’s witness to the gospel was both fiercely intelligent and deeply compassionate, and we shall miss him greatly.
'No one could want for a better predecessor! Following his retirement, David continued to be an immense support and encouragement to us all at LKH, and I was grateful to draw on his wisdom on numerous occasions. Yet at the same time he never sought to interfere. We shall remember him not least for the last sermon he preached to our community – carefully prepared as always, full of rich insight, and clearly the result of much faithful living. All this was typical of David.'
In his role as Baptist Union General Manager and then Transition Manger, Richard Nicholls worked with David over the last three years. He said, 'He was a great guy, very open, wise and articulate. He played a significant role in the Futures process as we tried to envision what the new governance structures would look like, how Council, the Trustee Board and the Baptist Steering Group would relate to each other.
'He was a valued and respected trustee, a very clear thinker. He will be missed.'