March 23, 2017

January 8, 2017

Valé Mike Ovey

Mike Ovey, principal of Oak Hill Theological College in London, has passed away suddenly on Saturday night UK time.

Ovey was highly regarded for his strong evangelical convictions and superior academic work. His writing was widely circulated and he had a gift in public speaking for communicating complex ideas with simplicity and clarity. In the Anglican world he is perhaps best known for his landmark address at the 2013 Nairobi GAFCON conference, “The Grace of God or the World of the West?”.

He last visited Sydney in 2016 where he addressed the Freedom for Faith conference and was due to speak at the 2017 Nexus Conference.

Ovey is survived by his wife, Heather, and three children.

Ovey’s bio from the Oak Hill website:

Rev’d Michael Ovey, PhD, MTh, MA, BCL, BA
Doctrine, Apologetics & Liturgy

Mike believes that the more we know the truth about God, his grace and greatness, the more we love and trust him. His vision is for students at Oak Hill to grow in knowledge and loving trust in this God.

Before coming to Oak Hill, Mike was a civil service lawyer drafting government legislation. He trained at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, and worked as a curate for four years at All Saints, Crowborough, before teaching for three years at Moore Theological College, Sydney. He joined Oak Hill in 1998 and since then has finished a PhD in the field of Trinitarian theology.

He is married to Heather, and they have three children. He remains incurably optimistic about the prospects of Arsenal FC and the England rugby team, solace being provided by the works of PG Wodehouse. Most recent writing includes co-authoring the book, Pierced for our Transgressions (IVP).

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So very young.  We all need to remember that tomorrow is promised to no one.

May the Lord welcome him and comfort those left behind.

[1] Posted by Jackie on 1-8-2017 at 07:15 PM · [top]

Mike Ovey was a big influence in the UK, but also a growing one, and that is why he will be missed.  However the article contains an error: he did not have a heart attack.

[2] Posted by Chris Green on 1-18-2017 at 02:36 AM · [top]

My formal obituary of Mike Ovey has been published in the Church Times, but behind a paywall.  
So it is here as well:

[3] Posted by Chris Green on 1-20-2017 at 02:53 AM · [top]

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