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Minister who dedicated over half his life to God retires

GOD'S SERVANT: Rev Clint Ryan with wife Yvonne

A MINISTER who has devoted more than half a century of his life to preaching and training others for church life is to give his final service this Sunday - 30 June.

Rev Dr Clinton Ryan, who is also a professor of divinity, will retire as district minister of Highgate’s New Testament Church of God in Birmingham after serving there for more than 17 years.

A leading theologian, not only in the UK but in America, Canada and Europe, Rev Ryan leaves an unparalleled legacy of work supporting and guiding thousands of theology students over several decades.

But now he says the time is right for him to focus more on his writing, while spending time with his wife Yvonne, a retired senior midwife, his son, daughter and seven grand children.

His wife Yvonne, a trained Sunday school teacher, and now District Women’ President, made headlines during her nursing career when she became one of the first midwives to hold an Open University degree in maths and science.

The congregation at the Oughton Road church has spent the past several months preparing for Ryan’s valedictory service, which will include an address from bishop Eric Brown, national bishop for the New Testament Church of God.

Sharon Atkinson, church secretary, said: “Rev Ryan is highly respected due to his great knowledge and guidance. He stands behind many people who are now prominent ministers themselves.

“We’re delighted to have a message of congratulation from Buckingham Palace, where the Queen’s office has passed on Her Majesty’s good wishes for Rev Ryan’s long and happy retirement.”

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Ryan, came to the UK in 1964 and trained at St Andrew’s Collegiate Church in London where he earned his bachelor of divinity, master of theology and doctor of divinity degrees.

A former principal of Overstone Theological College in Northampton, he was appointed professor of divinity in Europe in 1995 and serves as a co-ordinator of Canada Christian College and School of Graduate Theological Studies.

He served as a congregational minister across the UK including Essex, Lancashire and Northamptonshire.

“I have been very happy here and and I know I will miss the wonderful people I’ve worked with,” said Ryan, who lives in Leicester and has written 11 books on ministerial and theological education.

“It’s been a joy to serve in the UK, America and Canada and I’ve been greatly encouraged by all the warmth and love I’ve received. I wish everyone God’s blessings as I step down from my pastoral work.”

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