Rev. Dr David Ford - A Tribute

February 18, 2020

by Clive Bailey


We are saddened to report the death of our brother and friend, David Ford, who passed into glory on Sunday night, 16th February 2020, after suffering a stroke during the previous week.

David will be sorely missed by everyone who had the privilege of knowing him, but especially by his family. David was a loving husband, father, father-in-law and grandfather. We extend our deep sympathy and condolences to his wife Marianna, and his children David, Elizabeth, Rebecca, John and Matthew, and their families.

We pray that each of them may know the comfort and presence of the Lord in their sadness.

David was a man who loved his Lord and Saviour and loved to tell others of the God of all grace, which he did in a lifetime of ministry and preaching in an impressively wide range of locations and contexts.

His first pastoral charge was in the remote town of Celendín, high in the Peruvian Andes, where he ministered with Olwen, his first wife who pre-deceased him, for several years, along with the growing family.

In this challenging environment, they were a wonderful example of a loving Christian home, open to all and caring for anyone needing help and counsel. In due time they returned to Scotland where David was called to minister in Coatbridge Free Church, where he was much loved by the congregation. But his love for Latin America was still evident, making frequent short teaching trips to Lima, Moyobamba and Medellín.

His gifts in lecturing were widely respected, leading to his taking up a full-time post in the seminary in Medellín, Colombia, and establishing an online theological resource in Spanish, Recursos Teológicos, making its material available to all.

David’s servant heart and desire to serve his Lord continued when he returned to Scotland, assisting as interim-moderator where needed, Clerk to the Board of Ministry, part-time lecturer in Edinburgh Theological Seminary and in many other ways, many of them known only to his Master.

Now his work on earth is done, and he is enjoying being with the one he loves most, the Lord Jesus Christ. We miss him, but are comforted in our sorrow by our sure and certain hope in the gospel.

Rev. Dr David Ford's funeral service will be held on Tuesday 25 February at 3pm at Glasgow City Free Church. The burial will be at 2pm at Cadder Cemetery for those wishing to attend the burial.

Rev. Dr David Ford