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FOND FAREWELL: Chorleywood church marks the death of ‘visionary leader’

 Published on: 18th December 2023   |   By: Annabel Stock   |   Category: Uncategorized

An evangelical church in Chorleywood recently held a thanksgiving service to mark the death of a famous evangelist.

Davis Pytches, who died on November 21 aged 92, was bishop of the diocese of Chile, Bolivia and Peru. He was based in Chile for many years before moving to Chorleywood, where he worked as vicar of St Andrew’s Church for 19 years.

Bishop Pytches moved to South America with his wife Mary, and they had four daughters together, followed by an incredible 20 grandchildren. At Bishop Pytches’ funeral, held at St Andrew’s on December 6, his family were 60 strong.

In 1989, Bishop Pytches and Mary founded the evangelical organisation New Wine. They ran an annual summer conference and also organised retreats for church leaders to support and encourage them in their roles.

Bishop Pytches was a prolific writer and his book Come Holy Spirit sold one million copies.

Reverend Tim Horlock, current vicar of St Andrew’s, said: “He was a visionary leader and incredible man of faith. The church was his life and he really enjoyed sharing his faith with others.”

Photo Credit: New Wine Conferences

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