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Thanks to Rob Frost! (Sadly, Rob died on Sunday 11th November 2007)

 Rob Frost

A personal reflection following the death of my friend and colleague, Rob Frost, who died on Sunday evening, the 11th November 2007.

First of all, I would like to express my love and sympathy to Rob’s family – especially Jacqui, Andy, Chris, and his father, Ron.

Rob was a visionary Christian leader and a faithful and obedient servant for the Lord.  He leaves a legacy of changed lives, challenged churches and renewed Christian institutions.  He had a passion for evangelism and communicating the Christian faith, which came from his deep love for the Lord.  He was a man of prayer and conviction.  He courageously pursued what God was saying to him.  His itinerary was relentless, but despite personal exhaustion at times, he was driven with a passion to share Jesus.  He would not allow people to blur his vision or to compromise.  He burnt the candle at both ends, fuelled by the Holy Spirit.  I know many of his 25 books or more were written whilst ‘on holiday’ or well into the night!  Jacqui, his wife, has been a saint to stand with him through such a demanding ministry, whilst pioneering her own projects too. 

Thousands, possibly millions, of people have been influenced spiritually by this faithful Methodist, whose ministry went beyond our denomination.  He stood up for what he believed with all his heart to be true – constantly challenging comfortable Christianity.
Despite his notoriety, Rob was a humble man, and a good friend to so many.  Many will have sat under his leadership or ministry, and later shared a bag of chips with him or a breakfast after his radio show, or a coffee in between meetings or events.

Rob had time for people.  He was a great enabler and placed a frightening amount of confidence in his friends – especially young leaders!  Countless people will have found their way into the full-time Christian ministry or to some kind of Christian service or mission, through Rob.  This was evident to me when I trained for the ministry and heard many students give testimony to the influence that Rob had been upon their lives at some time or other.   He recognised people’s gifts and entrusted them with huge amounts of responsibility.  He was committed to sharing his vision.

Personally, Rob has been a tremendous influence and encouragement in my life.  In fact, he did the marriage preparation for Frances and me, 23 years ago, and we knew him before that.  We used to babysit when Andy and Chris were small.  He is partly responsible for my involvement in radio.  He advised me when I considered a call into the Methodist ministry, and he was there for me when things have been tough – as a friend and a counsellor.   He also wrote a most generous commendation for the book Frances and I wrote.  This was a new venture for us and he gave us every encouragement and support.  We will miss him terribly.

My sister-in-law, Marian Izzard, the Deputy Director of Share Jesus International and Rob’s close colleague for over 20 years, was the co-ordinator of Easter People, and I have seen first hand how much work was involved in giving birth to that wonderfully successful and influential convention that has renewed the Methodist Church in many respects and reached out into towns and communities. 

Not only did he pioneer events like Easter People, and tours like Visions, Breaking Bread, Pilgrims, Burning Questions and so on, he also had the courage to bring successful things to an end in God’s timing.  Easter People came to an end on its 20th anniversary.  Some criticised Rob for this, but Rob knew it was right – his unexpected death bears this out. Moreover, he’d already been handing over much of the work of Share Jesus International to young people under the leadership of his son, Andy.   Rob was so proud of all his family.

There is so much I could write.  But, in short: Rob loved Jesus and simply gave himself to enabling others to love him too, and to know the power of His saving grace in their lives.

Rest in peace, Rob, and rise in glory!

These was words come to mind from the book of Wisdom (5:15-16; 3:1-5,9) come to mind:

The righteous live forever,
And in the Lord is their reward,
And the care for them with the Most High.
Therefore shall they receive the crown of royal dignity
And the diadem of beauty from the Lord’s hand;
Because with His right hand shall He cover them,
And with His arm shall He shield them.
The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God,
And no torment shall touch them.
In the eyes of the foolish they seemed to have died;
And their departure was accounted to be their hurt,
And their journeying away from us to be their ruin:
But they are in peace.
For even if in the sight of men they be punished,
Their hope is full of immortality;
And having borne a little chastening, they shall receive great good; because God made trial of them, and found them worthy of Himself.
They that trust on Him shall understand truth,
And the faithful shall abide with Him in love;
Because grace and mercy are to His chosen.

For more about Rob:

Tony is a Superintendent Methodist Minister, broadcaster and author. He is a radio presenter with Premier Christian Radio and a regular contributor to BBC Radio 2's Pause for Thought (5.45 am). Tony is married with two children and four grandchildren.


  • John Mellor

    November 13, 2007 at 8:32 am

    What a fantastic man of Christ .Unfortunaly I never knew the man but after reading what you have written Tony mores the pity,I would love to have met him in this life .So long as I keep up my struggle with the Lord ( and believe me it is a struggle at times ) we shall meet in the next . Praise be to God

  • Tony

    November 13, 2007 at 10:52 am

    Thanks, John. Jesus never promised us an easy journey, but He did promise to be with us in it. May God bless you, and I pray one day you will meet Rob in glory – a wonderful man and great example. TM

  • Olive Morgan

    November 15, 2007 at 12:23 am

    Thank you, Tony, for sharing this marvellous tribute to Rob who was a faithful messenger of God for so many years and in so many ways. What you have written brings comfort and thankfulness to all those who are sad to lose such a great leader and friend – and makes up for the brevity of the statement on the Connexional website. I loved the passage from the book of Wisdom.

  • Tony

    November 15, 2007 at 11:22 am

    Thanks, Olive. On another amtter. I haven’t forgotten that I want to interview you. I was hoping to come and see you in August, but other events overwhelmed me. Bear with me. I will arrange something and look forward to it. It may be after Christmas now – if that is okay with you. God bless. Tony Miles

  • Olive Morgan

    November 15, 2007 at 4:01 pm

    As it happens I had to spend 3 weeks in hospital at the beginning of August because of very severe cellulitis. I am full of beans again now and sharing the leadership of a ‘Lost for Words’ course. I thought you’d forgotten! If you insist, it will have to be after Christmas now, I think. Even then, you’ll have to catch me at the right time, for I’m doing a course on spirituality at Sarum College (called ‘The Heart of the Divine’) one full day a month and I’ve booked for the new ECG Event at Easter in Llandudno (DV).

  • Helen Harries

    August 13, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    Does anyone know where I can gey a copy of the book of words and music for “Burning Questions”. It was an inspiration to us and others and we lent it to someone who has misplaced it. Thank- you

  • Tony

    August 13, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    Hi Helen. I will see if I can source a copy of the book for you. I will send your email address with the request, so if we are able to find a copy, someone will email you. No promises, but I will try. God bless. Tony M.

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