Inspirational evangelist clocks up 50 years service
Suffolk based evangelist Victor Jack has clocked up 50 years with Christian charity Counties ...
Suffolk based evangelist Victor Jack has clocked up 50 years with Christian charity Counties and together with his late wife Meg, has been involved in pioneer evangelism and Bible teaching in the county since August 1964.
Starting with 20 years of tent evangelism, Victor has an amazing legacy spanning five decades and is still going strong today. Sizewell Hall Christian Conference and Camping Centre, which they developed in 1975, will celebrate its own 40th anniversary next year – and the centre has seen more than 250,000 people hear the Gospel.
Counties was established in 1899, with a vision to share the Gospel with the counties of the UK.
With so many milestones over the years, Victor said: “One of the key highlights for me was moving into inter-church mission and as a result I was chairman for the Billy Graham mission at Ipswich football club’s ground, Portman Road, in 1984. Just over 100,000 people came to the stadium over five nights.”
He has also been instrumental in setting up youth ministries in both Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds which are still going strong.
And a small booklet he wrote over 40 years ago is still being used today. Written in 1970, Believe and Be Baptized has been used by many different churches and been translated into 80 different languages.
Victor was also chairman of the Garden Tomb (Jerusalem) Association from 2000 until 2012 and has made more than 60 visits to Israel to host visitors and support the director and the staff, as well as leading tours.
Victor’s wife Meg died in April 2010 after a courageous battle with cancer. They have three sons and four grandchildren.
Chief executive of Counties, John Wilkes said: “Victor can rightly celebrate 50 years of amazing service and God’s faithfulness! We, and many others, are truly grateful to Victor, his late wife Meg and his family for the work they have undertaken. He has shown amazing stamina and infectious enthusiasm leading many, many people to a personal relationship with Jesus.”