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14 November 2014

UK leaders pay tribute to Myles Munroe: “a giant of our time”

UK leaders pay tribute to Myles Munroe: “a giant of our time”

UK church leaders have added their tributes following the death of international leader Dr Myles Munroe earlier this week.

Dr Munroe died in a plane crash in the Bahamas on Sunday (9 November) along with his wife Ruth and members of his Bahamas Faith Ministries International leadership team.

A frequent visitor to the UK, Dr Munroe was a renowned bestselling author, lecturer, teacher, life coach, government consultant and leadership mentor.

Many from the Pentecostal and Charismatic church community in the UK and beyond have been in mourning this week, with tributes pouring in from around the globe.

Yemi Adedeji, director of the Alliance's One People Commission, which brings together key leaders from across ethnic minorities, said: "He was an amazing man. Nobody will forget him as a man of purpose.

"Many will remember him for [being] a great leader and many will remember him for [being] a man full of life, full of energy and a man full of wisdom."

"The Church around the world is united in grieving the loss of our brother in Christ, whose teaching impacted so many. We as the One People Commission want to pay tribute to this great man of God who spoke many times at churches across our country. We are saddened by the loss of Dr Munroe, his wife and co-pastor Ruth, and all who were on board the tragic flight. We will miss his encouraging and challenging words;but remain thankful for his life and look forward to seeing him again in God's glorious presence."

During a press conference yesterday, surrounded by his sister and other relatives, Dr Munroe's son Myles Munroe Jr read a statement, saying: "We are not sure how or why something like this would be allowed to happen to such great individuals, but still, God is in control.

"The last few days have been the most difficult times for my sister and I, my family and all of those affected by this loss. We are saddened by this tragic event, but we are comforted and encouraged by the outpouring of love and support from around the country and those around the world at large."

Paying tribute, Dr Eric Brown, Churches Together in England Pentecostal president, and also a member of the One People Commission, said: "It was my distinct privilege to invite Dr Munroe as keynote speaker to several of our pastors and key leaders' conferences and on every occasion he spoke professionally and prophetically into the lives of our leaders. Indeed he was a frequent keynote speaker to many of the evangelical, Pentecostal and Charismatic churches in this country.He was a gifted communicator, effective motivator, a man of faith and great courage and full of the Holy Spirit. He was a giant of our time and his unique place in the history of the Christian Church is secured."

President of CiC International and Free Churches Moderator Dr Hugh Osgood recalls hosting Dr Munroe in London and said that many church leaders in the UK had been "deeply impacted" by the warmth and encouragement he brought with him every time he visited the UK.

Former Alliance general director Dr Joel Edwards, international director of Micah Challenge, said: "Dr Myles touched so many lives on so many issues across so many communities. As comfortable with prime ministers as he was the people, he walked with Kings without losing the common touch. The world mourns the loss of a man who revealed the mind and heart of God."