Oliver R. Barclay (1919-2013)

I learn by email of the death of Oliver R. Barclay, a former chairman of the Cambridge Inter-Collegiate Christian Union (CICCU), and then general secretary of the IVF (now UCCF).  He was the author of Whatever Happened to the Jesus Lane Lot? (1977), an excellent informal history of Christian work and witness among students in Britain during the 19th and 20th century.  He also helped found Tyndale House in Cambridge.  His obituary may be read at the UCCF website here.

He did good work all his life, and I myself benefited from it in so many ways.  Without the Christian Unions at Cambridge and Oxford, there would be many fewer Christians in Britain today; and without Barclay and his fellow-workers’ emphasis on solid biblical teaching, there would be no Christian Unions.

Well done, thou good and faithful servant.


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