11 September 2015

The death of the Revd David Gamble


It is with deep sadness that the death is announced of former President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd David Gamble.

The Revd Steve Wild, President of the Conference, said "The Revd David Gamble was a great Christian man and a personal friend.  He has served his Lord and the Methodist Church in a wonderful way using his gifts to the full.  David was a man who relished life and loved every day.  He was the only person who could ever make the Standing Orders of the Methodist Church funny and often at Conference would have the assembly in stitches over some minor point in our Constitution.  At this time, our love and prayers go to Liz and the family."

The Revd Gareth Powell, Secretary of the Conference commented, "David will be remembered for a wide range of gifts and skills, not least his commitment to making the Church a safer place. David knew God's love and he proclaimed God's love in all of the varied tasks that Methodism required of him. He enriched our connexional life and was a pastor to many. We pray for the peace of David's soul and offer our condolences to his wife Liz while assuring her, and their children, Sam, Sophie and Joe of our prayers."

Dr Richard Vautrey, who was Vice-President of the Methodist Conference alongside David in 2009, added: "Having had the privilege and joy to travel with David during his year as President of the Methodist Conference I saw on a daily basis how much he was loved and respected not only in Britain but by people throughout the world. We have lost a great friend and brother but we will forever remain richly blessed by his ministry amongst us."

The Church of England has issued its own statement here, as has the EMYC Secretary.

Glenna Spencer, President of the Methodist Church, Guyana District (MCCA) said: "The Methodist Church, Guyana District, joins with others in expressing to the family, clergy officers and members of the Methodist Church in Britain our sincere condolences on the passing of former President, Rev'd David Gamble. May his soul rest in peace, and may the good works he pursued continued to give glory to God and inspire others."

David Gamble Bristol

David presiding at Communion in Bristol Cathedral, at the welcome service for the Revd Jonathan Pye, Chair of the Bristol District, August 2015. Photo: The Revd Chris Dobson. 

Tribute from the Methodist Church in the Gambia

On behalf of the Methodist Church The Gambia, we convey our sincere condolences on the passing of Reverend David Gamble. He worked with the Methodist Church the Gambia, in the area of legal aspects especially the Constitution, which was crucial in helping the Church to Autonomy.

Many in the Gambia will remember his commitment, and his friendly support as the Autonomy progressed. His many friends here are shocked and saddened by his passing. The Methodist Church the Gambia will always have fond memories of him. We thank God for Reverend David Gamble's life and ministry. We also thank God for the privilege of working with him.

We extend condolences to his immediate family, his wife Liz and his children, friends and relatives as we remember his life and ministry achievements. We also extend condolences to the Methodist Church Britain who will miss him and his gifts and talents.

We are praying for his family and the Connexion.

May you all know God's comfort and may God grant his consolation, love and hope. 

May His soul rest in peace.

Funeral service

The funeral of the Revd David Gamble will take place at Muswell Hill Methodist Church on Friday 25 September at 11.45, followed by committal at Marylebone Crematorium at 1.00.

A Thanksgiving and Memorial Service will take place at Wesley's Chapel, London on Saturday 31st October at 11:30am


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