Dearly Beloved Prayer Partners,
“His lord said unto him: ‘Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.’” (Matthew 25:21)
Victor Pearce: Called Home by His Master
It is with great sadness that we inform our readers that Revival’s former Chief Executive, Preb. Dr. E.K. Victor Pearce, died in his home in Stoke-On-Trent, at the grand age of 97. His funeral was held on Thursday 19th August at St Thomas’ Church in Kidsgrove, Staffs. Victor was particularly loved and appreciated for his numerous radio programmes and publications on Science and the Bible in which he sought to vigorously defend Biblical truth from attacks in the media.
After receiving his theological training at the London College of Divinity, Victor became an honours graduate in Anthropology of London University and specialised in Prehistoric Archaeology at Oxford. He was ordained at Liverpool Cathedral at the start of the Second World War and became a curate there, also volunteering as an air raid warden. Then a vicar in Dorset was called up to fight and Victor had to cover for him.
It wasn’t long before a fellow clergyman recommended Victor for a parish of his own in South London. Then, in 1951, Victor was invited to Bucknall and Bagnall Parish, serving a huge catchment of 45,000. After 20 years at Bucknall, he was appointed vicar of St James Church in Audley. He was made a Prebendary of Lichfield Cathedral and later received a doctorate from Florida University.
It was at this time that he met evangelist Eric Hutchings and became very involved with the evangelistic outreach of the Hour of Revival. He served as a Trustee for a number of years, and became Chief Executive in 1982 after Dr. Hutchings sudden death.
An evangelist at heart, Victor was tireless in building up his church work and in pursuing his God-given task of defending the Faith. Yet he could speak at the level of the ordinary man and led many to faith in Christ. Countless more were led to Christ or affirmed in their walk through Victor’s broadcasts and publications. He will be remembered not only as a scholar but also as a very humble man of God, who would encourage rather than find fault. He has entered into the joy of his Lord!
With loving greetings from all the Revival team,