Those are two pretty significant numbers.
Tonight, at the church on the mountain,
we celebrated those two numbers.
They are a quick description of the life of a man.
Rev. George P. Tunks
He celebrated his 90th birthday on Thursday.
Tonight we celebrated his retirement ...
from 65 years of ministry.
He was born 1 year before the official formation of the
Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada.
The same year as another great preacher:
His first wife, Ruth, was the first women ordained by the PAOC.
At the age of 83 he was hired part-time, to pastor our Seniors,
he told our Senior Pastor:
"I can give you seven years!"
Can you imagine?
Almost 20 years past the time everyone else is looking to retire ...
I can't even begin to imagine the number of lives he has touched.
The souls that are in the kingdom because of his faithfulness to the Call.
A humble man.
An intelligent man.
A gentle man.
A man faithful to the Word.
A man who's appeal reached across generational lines.
A man with a snappy sense of humour.
"I woke up happy ...
and I'm happy i woke up."
I'm going to miss him around the office.
I'm glad I'll still see him in the pew.