A mighty warrior for Christ was laid to rest last week. Pr Geoffrey Garne passed away at Bethesda Rest Home on Thursday, 13 July, 2017. His early years in ministry were spent as a pastor in South Africa in the late 1940’s. He also served in Zimbabwe and Australia before spending most of his retirement in Auckland. He was a writer, editor and held leadership roles in the Sentinel Publishing Company in Cape Town and also the Australasian (now South Pacific Division) Record. He last served at the Pakuranga SDA Church, now known as the East Auckland City SDA church as a retired, volunteer pastor. He is remembered fondly by church members as a man who loved young people. He often took the time to walk beside them and share in their lives.
His infectious smile, cheeky humour, gentle nature, iron will, his passion for the lost and his absolute love for his Lord will forever be remembered by those that knew him. He is survived by his wife Olwyn, children Meredith and David and their families. Please keep them in prayer as they mourn the passing of a dear husband, dad and grandfather. We look forward to seeing Pr Garne on that glorious morning alongside the souls he won for Christ.