In loving memory of Roy Weaver, 12 July 1938 – 9 March 2013
Although Roy Weaver was brought up in a Christian home by loving parents, he actually claimed Christ for himself at the age of 16 when attending a local Pentecostal church. Soon after, he felt a calling to full time Christian ministry.
After initially training as a lithographer, Roy secured a place at Oak Hill Theological College in 1963 and trained for the Anglican ministry. Roy had a parochial ministry from 1969 to 1983 before going into Bible translation work as a manager for the Bible Society field staff. This position enabled Roy to work across the full spectrum of Christian denominations.
Roy developed his inter-denominational work further when he started Decade Ministries in 1990 to coincide with the launch of the Decade of Evangelism, an initiative to reach the country with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Decade Ministries provides training and resources for Christian workers leading worship or outreach in schools, churches and colleges. Simple visual resources and ideas enable individuals and churches to present the good news of Jesus Christ to all ages.
Roy was known affectionately as the 'wall paper man'. Over a 20 year period (in fact two decades of evangelism!), Roy's work took him all over the UK, the USA and to South Africa. Overall, he had the opportunity to preach the gospel to thousands. His visual resources are still used internationally and bring the message of the good news in a simple and visual way.
Sadly in 2009, at the age of 70, Roy felt that after being diagnosed with bladder cancer he had to retire from his ministry. However, he was delighted when Richard Norton, the Director of Siloam Christian Ministries, agreed to take over Decade Ministries to continue making his resources available to the church worldwide. The organisation receives orders from as far away as Germany, Nepal, USA, and Japan as well as here in the UK.
"Understandably, Roy will be missed by many who include those touched by his evangelism as well as his widow Heather and their family," notes Richard Norton.
"Yet his work still wins people for Christ as others employ his Story Rolls and Visual Packs which enjoy popularity in school assemblies, churches and RE lessons."