Funeral thanksgiving service for Mike Ovey
24 January 2017
A funeral thanksgiving service for Mike Ovey took place yesterday at Enfield Evangelical Free Church, the local church which Mike and his family made their spiritual home for many years. A packed church of close friends, colleagues and Oak Hill staff across the years joined Mike's family to thank God for his life and to pay personal tribute to him for 'proclaiming repentance and the forgiveness of sins, and equipping others to procaim that as well,' in the words of Jonathan Prime, the Pastor of Enfield Evangelical Free Church.
We are aware that a much larger group, including former students and the wider church network, will want to give thanks for Mike’s life and work. The date and location for the wider thanksgiving service for Mike Ovey will be announced very shortly.
Appreciations of Mike were given by Greg Strain, a member of Mike and Heather Ovey's Bible study group in the 1980s; Andrew Cornes, with whom Mike served as a curate at All Saint's, Crowborough; Nick Tucker, one of Mike's former students, who became a colleague at Oak Hill; Dan Strange, the Vice Principal of Oak Hill; and Jonathan Prime.
24 January 2017
Dan Strange writes: To the Oak Hill family and all those who knew Mike Ovey, here's what I had the privilege of saying at his funeral earlier today.
We loved him because he was just Mike. A wonderful and weird best possible gift to Christ's church. A true steward of the mysteries of God.
Exciting, excitable, enigmatic, exasperating. Our leader and inspiration. My partner-in-crime. My mate. An utterly unique complex combination of juxtapositions and contradictions that explain the extraordinary outpouring of grief and gratitude.
He was just Mike, both scarily organized and disorganized.