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Bob Glen

Bob Glen passed away peacefully away peacefully on Saturday 19 August. His funeral will be held Monday 28 August at 11am at St Michael’s and All Angels Church in Henderson, Auckland. The following is a short tribute about Bob's life. 

Bob came to know Christ as his Saviour and Lord through the ministry of Harvey Teulon and the Crusader movement, and while a student he attended the Bible Class on Sunday afternoons at St. Martin’s, Spreydon in the late forties and early fifties. He went on to have a Bible teaching ministry in Tanzania and New Zealand, after ordination and a curacy under Harry Thomson at Wooston in 1959.

From 1960-65 the Rev. Bob Glen served with NZCMS in the Diocese of Victoria Nyanza in Tanzania, under the leadership of Bishop Max Wiggins, also from Christchurch. After his marriage to Marian they were mainly at St Philip’s Theological College in Kongwa from 1965-73 with their children Mary, Jennifer and Robyn, where Bob was the Principal. Bob also compiled a Church History Atlas with a special focus on East Africa and wrote several Swahili textbooks for the same subject.

On returning to New Zealand the family lived in Christchurch, before moving to Henderson for Bob to teach at the Bible College of New Zealand (now Laidlaw College) from 1975 until retirement. While there Bob edited Mission & Moko, a book about missionary events in New Zealand. The Glens were at a theological college in Singapore from 1995-97.

Bob became an honorary life member in 2008, served on the NZCMS Council and was Vice President from 2002 – 2004.

The following excerpt from his End of Service letter from NZCMS in 1973 captures something of Bob's character and personality: “Mr Glen will be especially remembered for the quality of his teaching, for his literary contributions to the Church in East Africa, for his love of orderliness and his care of properties, and for his sparkling wit and sound judgement.”

He passed away peacefully on Saturday 19 August with his family. His funeral will be held Monday 28 August at 11am at St Michael’s and All Angels Church, 425 Great North Road, Henderson, Auckland.

5 thoughts on “Bob Glen

  1. Twenty years ago (1997) I went to Thailand for a friend’s wedding then spent a week in Singapore. My itinerary in Singapore was organised by Allan Harkness. Alan and Marven and their two sons were in a two-bedroom flat at Trinity Theological College.

    Bob and Marian also had a two-bedroom flat on that campus and for the week I stayed in their spare room. My contact was only fleeting and two decades later I’m sorry that I didn’t work at maintaining acquaintance with them after my visit.

  2. I am a ‘Glen pip’ from NZ Bible College days. Bob made Church history come alive with its personalities quirks. His humour and sometimes acerbic wit remain as an enduring memory, as do his unique brand of pastoral care for me and other students. Well done good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your Lord.

  3. Bob was on the committee that recruited us for NZCMS back in 1992. He was rigorous in questioning. 🙂 He and Marian were super supporters of us – and so many others too. They’re a blessing to the body of Christ.

  4. It was great to work with Bob on Council. His insights were always worth listening to. A big loss.

  5. I do remember that “sparkling wit”as a young Anglican from the fifties and sixties – vale, Bob. Your life and witness honoured our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. – Peter Hallinan

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