This minister went on to baptise and confirm my husband, to support his training as a methodist lay preacher when we returned to England and to laugh when the Church of England demanded that my husband was confirmed again but by a bishop this time! This minister was not at all offended and told my husband to get on with it because, as a Methodist minister, he had confirmed more Anglicans into the Methodist church. This minister had no problem seeing that my husband was being called to serve in the Church of England.
While serving alongside the Royal Marines, my husband was based near to where the minister and his wife lived when they returned to England. He enjoyed their hospitality and company on many occasions - so important when he was living away from the family. He was encouraged in his Methodist lay preacher training and this minister saw my husband's call to ministry begin to grow. He was an extraordinarily gifted minister who could relate the scriptures to modern living. He made it relevant.
And so, next week, my husband - The Rector@6, will speak at this minister's funeral - a short tribute to a man whose wise and gifted words - changed the course of my husband's whole life (.....and mine).