Condolences from the CRC VIC/TAS Executive
It is a pleasure to be able to honour a faithful minister on their ascent in to Glory. Pr Helen Beard was such a person.
While Helen was associated through the South Australian State for the majority of her ministry life in the latter years she was became connected to Victoria through association with the growing number of churches and ministers in the area relating to Victoria. She loved the fellowship and was want to attend any conference she could. We all benefited from her love, that clearly upwelled from her love of Jesus, and her witty, cheeky, and self-deprecating disposition belying the truly great achievements of her life.
Helen was one of the early pioneering Pentecostal women passionately expressing a ministry of her own alongside her legendary evangelist husband Cliff. Helen was certainly foremost in the CRC in this regard. As a church planter, lead minister, guest ministry and author she was an inspiration to many.
Helen’s writing did much to propel women in to leadership and ministry worldwide and she was still writing in her latter years.
Regionally, Helen was a most faithful prayer warrior facilitating prayer and intercession. As a mother and grandmother she was an especially faithful prayer warrior and has been largely joyously rewarded with many of them serving God in Life and ministry in a way that would bring her great joy.
The pastors and leaders in Victoria and Tasmania honour this great woman of God and are thankful for the track she forged that many women and men will now follow.
Well done good and faithful servant, enjoy your Lord!
Pr Bruce Sharman and Pr Dan Parker
Condolences from the CRC SA/NT/WA Executive
To the Extended Beard Family,
I am currently in Europe where I’ve become aware of the passing of Helen to be with her Lord.
I did want to send a note from here, on behalf of the many Pastors and Churches in the CRC SA/NT/WA State Council to honour Helen and the amazing woman of faith she was. For many years she was a member of our CRC State Council and so many of our pastors and leaders can reflect on her wonderful contribution and participation in our State and National fellowship. She will be missed and certainly has left a legacy of life through her ministry that has impacted countless people.
As one of the woman to early on be credentialed as a Pastor in the CRC, she together with her husband Cliff, represented a generation which helped pioneer our Movement. Her commitment to evangelism, preaching the word and missionary endeavour in many nations and denominations exemplified not just her own commitment to the Lord, but a zeal to see many share this heart.
She was an ambassador across the body of Christ who modelled tenacity of believing, a love for her Lord, family, people and nations. In her sacrificial service, enthusiasm for life and commitment to serve Jesus wherever and whenever, she modelled to so many what tenacity of faith and trust in the Lord looked like!
We will miss her at our gatherings. Her sparkly eyes, warm and genuine greeting and always her bubbling forth of what the Lord had been doing, added such a wonderful dimension to our fellowship. She was a ‘mother in the faith’ to so many in our Movement and a wonderful example of what a life of service and commitment to the Lord could be like.
We thank God for her life and service for the Lord. “Well done good and faithful servant”.
Yours in Christ,
SA, WA, NT State Chairman