Many Evangelicals who were active in TEC in the 1990s will remember the visits of Mark Ashton, vicar of St Andrew the Great in Cambridge, to some of the Preaching Conferences and other gatherings that were held during that time. Mark was diagnosed with cancer in 2009, and went to be with the Lord on April 3rd. Services of thanksgiving for his life and ministry will be held on Friday 23rd April at 1.30pm and 4.00pm.

Mark had a significant effect on the lives and ministries of many of us, and was a great encouragement. He was a believer in parish ministry, and urged all of us to give our selves to our parishes for the long haul. ‘We all over-estimate what we can do in our first year, and under-estimate what we can do in our first ten years,’ he told the Episcopal Evangelical Assembly in 1995.

Mark told his congregation in December that his goal during whatever time he had left was to show them how to die well. He’s still showing that—go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7Y_GJMnj_4. See also his article in the January 1998 edition of the Episcopal Evangelical Journal, ‘Reforming the Parish Church’, on our resource page.

He will be greatly missed by all who met him. May he rest in peace till the day of the Lord’s coming.

Update May 13th: Read this obituary in the Times

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