Death Notice and Tribute - Rev Albino Adriano

It was reported that the Reverend Adriano Albino has returned to the Lord, on Monday 25th May 2021 at Oshakati State Hospital. 

The Reverend Albino was a close hand man of the Right Reverend Peter T Kalangula before he was ordained. He became one of the founding members of the Church of England in Namibia in 1969. While serving under Bishop Kalangula, he became a Lay Catechist and preacher in Christ Church Ondangwa and subsequently a Presbyter.

Born in Anglola, Tate Albino immigrated into Johni (South West Africa) Namibia in the late 1950 or early 1960s. From the Evangelical Synod in Angola (IESA) that he was, he became an Anglican during the ministry of Rev, later Bishop Peter Kalangula. Tate Albino has been skillful in handiwork such as construction and building so, together with some others, he volunteered to work in the construction of the current church building, Christ Church at Ondangwa which was completed and dedicated for its work to the glory of God by Bishop Stephen Bradley June 1983

Along Victor Weyulu, Elifas Kanime, and George Hikumuwah; he was prepared for ordained ministry by Bishop Stephen Bradley and Bishop Dudley Ford. They were ordained in the mid-1980s. After his ordination, he continued to serve at Christ Church-Ondangwa, under Bishop Kalangula. He was later transferred to St John’s Church, at Oshuushe where he ministered till his retirement and even post retirement. He established an outstation at Onanime near by his house.  

He was very humble and gentle in his approach and he loved the Lord and his church. 

I hereby designate Reverend Josia Kuduva of Ondangwa to be a liaison between family and the church in terms of funeral arrangements. Plans for memorial and funerals programs are underway and will be announced in due course. 

His dear wife died earlier and he remarried. Therefore leaves behind his wife and children.

We thank God for his faithfulness and for using people like Rev Albino to build his church and gospel ministry in Namibia

Issued by Bishop Lukas Katenda

Tribute to The Rev. Dr. John Newby

John Newby has left an indelible imprint on the lives of many people through the years because he loved the Lord Jesus and desired to be of use to the Lord he dearly loved. Even in his retirement years, he longed to be useful in the Lord’s service, as much as his health permitted.

The legacy he leaves behind is the role he played in teaching, equipping and mentoring those preparing for and in Christian service. I consider myself immensely privileged to have been numbered among John’s close friends, grateful for the role he played in my life as one of my life’s mentors over the past nearly 35 years. He was always willing to share his insights on life’s experiences, joys and sorrows – with which he was well acquainted, as well as his vast experience in pastoral ministry. He was affectionately called “Doc” by his students, yet also known as “Dr. Snuggles” to many close to him.

John was a wonderful scholar, decorated with a doctorate, and a keen desire for more, in the field of church history. He was well respected in his field by fellow scholars too. He was an expert of the life of the yesteryear Bishop of Liverpool, J.C. Ryle. Yet despite his brilliance, he engaged the ordinary person, expounding God’s word whenever he had opportunity to do so. He was a truly gifted preacher, communicating God’s word understandably for his hearers. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to John’s preaching, learning much from his keen insights. As a Yorkshire man, suitably dressed in collar and tie, he had an excellent command of the English language, using words often that had many of us consulting a dictionary. And his preaching and teaching had his trademark alliteration.

He had a quest for knowledge with a remarkable memory, and never stopped learning as he read to develop his relationship with the Lord Jesus, his Saviour, to enrich his devotional life and ministry. John was always up for a chat and was a fount of great biblical insights; his theological insights, for which many consulted with him, will be sorely missed.

John joined CESA (Church of England in South Africa) because of his reformed biblical convictions and was incredibly loyal to this denomination. Under God, he planted two churches; the first was St Matthew’s Church in Leondale, Germiston in the then Transvaal, and the second while serving as Rector at Christ Church in Hillcrest in KZN where he planted Christ Church Waterfall. I was privileged to be the first pastor of this church plant. From Hillcrest he was whisked away to serve as the Dean of students at Bible Institute (BI), to coach (CESA now REACH SA [Reformed Evangelical Anglican Church]) at George Whitefield House which eventually became CESA’s Bible College, now known as George Whitefield College (GWC), where he became Vice Principal before his retirement. He was greatly loved by his students and made his subject, Church History, come alive.

There are a few things that stand out especially that characterized John:

His pastoral heart

John always brought comfort and consolation whenever it was needed. In this regard, I benefitted immensely through many extended conversations to seek out his wisdom in pastoral matters. And whenever he had to be firm, telling a few necessary home truths, he’d be apologetic afterwards for causing any hurt, if he was too harsh. He was gracious and gentle.

His insights and understanding of the Scriptures

He would expound God’s word clearly. He had reservoirs of knowledge and acted as a trustworthy sounding board, sharing his vast experience.

His vulnerability and authenticity

John never hid his struggles; he never pretended or hid behind a façade. He showed the immense value of vulnerability, almost to a fault, which was a massive strength, worthy of imitation. John taught me to be real in a world littered with fakes. He gave me courage to face life’s brokenness and personal struggles by God’s grace. He willingly shared his heart in personal vulnerability and never covered up or masked things to make him look better or superior. He taught me to live with integrity before God in transparency and trusted God through each struggle in this imperfect world. He was a fellow struggler. He was an authentic person.

His caring nature

John really cared and this showed in so many ways. I was privileged, among many, to be a beneficiary of John’s love and godly guidance.

His sense of humour

John was sharp witted and had a keen sense of humour that kept us entertained. In his latter year when asked how he was health-wise, he gave an “organ recital”, explaining what organ in his body didn’t work as well as it ought anymore.

John loved his wife, Megan, as well as his children, David and Linda and their respective spouses, and was a proud grandfather of his grandchildren. Just a bit of interesting trivia about John: he never drove a car so relied on his wife, Megan, to be his taxi unless he could persuade one of us to drive him; for reward it was a Spur breakfast at his expense. He also was well-known for his lack of handyman skills but made up for it by his marvellous intellect from which many of us benefitted immensely.

John touched many lives who benefited from his godly example, his teaching and preaching ministry over the many years.

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing”

(2 Timothy 4:7-8 [New King James Version]).

He is now at home with his Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, whom he loved and served faithfully. We give God thanks for the life of John Newby.


Written by Rev. Wayne Barkhuizen

John Newby - A Tribute from GWC

In the providence of God, as I look back over John Newby’s (‘Doc’ to his students who loved and him) incredibly important and meaningful life, I am reminded of a brief conversation I had with him as a student, some 25 years ago, wherein I suggested God had not called him to be a bishop because He had bigger ideas: The singular call to influence generations of future Bible teachers and bishops! 

Moreover, as I look back on my first meeting with John when I joined the Bible Institute student body as a first year student in 1987, I am also reminded of the Apostle Paul’s insight in Acts 17:26 - to the effect that God has allotted both the precise times and places when and where we live in history. Thus no meetings, no relationships are coincidental. Certainly in my case, some 30 years later as I write this, I can testify to John’s profound impact on my own training for ministry and spiritual growth, as much as I can to his influence in the lives of others. 

He was a man of many facets. 

Firstly – and even all these years later – I can remember his incredible gifts: his vivid lectures, his teaching and dynamic preaching. As an example, I recall his ground-breaking sermon on Psalm 90, delivered to the REACH SA leadership around 25 years ago on Psalm 90, in which he urged us to ‘number’ the days of our lives with soberness and Godly wisdom and prayer. Certainly he practiced what he preached. He was capable of lecturing on a broad range of subjects, whether ethics, church history, philosophy or Biblical studies. Incredibly, on one occasion he assisted my class in recalling the first three chapters of Romans by citing them by memory. 

Then (how can we forget?) there was his incredible skill (and love for) alliteration and the ‘three point sermon’ or lecture! Employing alliteration at every point, his class notes were immaculate; as his students we were constantly amazed at his ability to locate and connect similar sounding words both in sermon and lecture. And I still remember the detailed feedback he gave me when he returned my marked work. 

Furthermore, there was his irreplaceable and unique ‘dry’ sense of humour and his quick wittedness. Sometimes he would deliberately inject a moment of levity or include a subtle joke in his lectures in order to gauge whether or not we were ‘awake.’ Normally, those mischievous eyes, twinkling behind his glasses gave the game away! A year ago when I ran into him I asked how he was doing. ‘Old!’ he replied. His humour was undiminished with age and despite his adversities. 

Then there were his clandestine forays (without Megan’s knowledge) between classes at the Bible Institute, to the local Fish Hoek Spur restaurant for cheese cake (John’s favourite). Megan had very specific rules regarding the imposition of certain limitations on John indulging his sweet tooth, so these trips had to be made secretly. On more than one occasion I would drive him through to the Spur in my shining red beach buggy. Surreptitious indeed!        

He and Megan loved their students, regularly meeting with them in their home. John cared about their welfare: I know for a fact that on more than one occasion, he would quietly support students who had fallen on hard financial times, out of his own pocket. He also kept in touch with students who had graduated from college and had entered the ministry; maintaining many deep relationships with them for years to come.     

But of most importance, was his simple but profound love for Jesus, the Gospel and the Bible. Students were often witnesses to the tears in John’s eyes when he preached and spoke about the Lord’s love and the Gospel’s power.  

As we seek to honour and uphold his legacy, and as we prepare to also stand before the Lord ourselves, may those deep words from Psalm 90 continue to motivate and drive our lives: 

“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12).  

He will be remembered. 

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints” (Psalm 116:15).

Written by Rev. Dr. Mark Norman 

Tribute to Reverend Mike Sunker

Mike was a Hindu convert. He came from very humble beginnings. He was converted whilst reading the Bible for himself and joined the Jehovah’s Witness. 4 years later he was convinced that Jesus Christ is Lord and Saviour and embraced justification by faith alone. He then joined CESA, studied at the Bible Institute and ordained in the early 80’s. He was sent to Newlands to work under the curacy of Rev.William Farr and later planted the church in Phoenix. 

Mike was a tireless church planter, missionary, evangelist in his own right and was passionate for the gospel. He took up a position in Christ Church Hillbrow after leaving Emmanuel Church Phoenix and did quite well albeit with the changing demographics. He was moved to start a soup kitchen. Our late Bishop Edwin Ngubane and Eric Sabela were converted under such a ministry. His passion, vision and drive  moved him to purchase a Hotel in Berea and CCCCC was established. Mike wanted to establish care centres in each of the province with KZN being his 3rd children’s project. Covid 19 and his health halted the project in KZN.

As a loving husband, a great dad, and a passionate gospel minister, Mike leaves behind his wife, Renu, and 3 sons Ajay, Ajith, and Satish with their respective spouses and children.

Faithfulness to Christ, the gospel and the denomination marked his character and he leaves a legacy of an ever expanding church through the conversion of so many people who are missionaries and pastors and good gospel workers.

Remembering King Goodwill Zwelithini

We give thanks to God for the life of King Goodwill Zwelithini and remember his kindness and encouragement to our KZN churches and congregations over many years.  May the Lord comfort all his family and sustain all who mourn his passing.

Lala Ngoxolo Isilo Samabandla