Richard and Jean Inglis

    Richard Inglis and Jean Devlin were married by the Rev Joe Bell on 16 December 1967.

    They started their Christian Ministry at the Cape Town YMCA, responsible for Sports Administration and establishing a children’s ministry at the YMCA’s Lynfrae Sports Ground and YMCA Hout Bay Camp Site. They lived at the Camp Site for approximately 3 years and experienced tremors from the Ceres earthquake that brought boulders tumbling down the mountainside and later, a three day forest fire and had to vacate their prefab cottage.

    The Children’s ministry included four Holiday Club(8am to 5pm) programmes per year and each programme ended with a weekend camp at the YM Camp Site. Scores of children came to know the Lord and some are still serving the Lord some 45 years later. They also worked with young men in the Cape Town YMCA residence (some drug addicts) and ten years later received a call saying the “addict” is a Deacon in a local Baptist Church.

    Two years were  spent in the Durban YMCA and 18 years in the Johannesburg YMCA, running Church Sports Leagues – soccer, cricket, hockey, tennis etc., and a 180 bed residence – using Moody Institute of Science, Billy Graham and Fact & Faith films. Thousands heard the Gospel and scores of young men came to know the Lord. A number went into Christian Service. Some amazing testimonies of God’s leading, gifting and intervention can be told.

    After 2 years in a secular management position Rick was called to Northcliff Union Church and he and Jean had a blessed and privileged ministry as Associate Pastor to Dr Rex Mathie. During this time Rick was also instrumental in running the Soup Kitchen, in founding of and chairing of the North West Christian School, Chairman of the Montgomery Haven Seniors Village.

    In all of this, Jeans gift of music, art and creative Christian writing was greatly used of God in Sunday School and other children’s ministries.

    For the past 9 years Rick has been working for The Baptist Union of Southern Africa as Ministry Board Co-ordinator, responsible for ± 900 Pastors, serving on the Baptist Union Executive Committee and as a Trustee of the Baptist Union Pension Fund.

    He and Jean are coming up for their 49th wedding anniversary, have two daughters, Judith and Megan, both of whom know and serve the Lord.