Torchbearers International

Jesus came
not only to die for us,
but to live in us

Torchbearers International

Jesus came
not only to
die for us,
but to live in us

Experience the transforming presence of Jesus Christ through biblical teaching and practical training at one of our Bible schools or conferences and become equipped for service in His church worldwide.

Dear Torchbearers family, as many of you know, Stuart Briscoe went to be with the Lord on August 3rd. We are so grateful as a ministry to have shared in the lives and ministry of Stuart Briscoe. He and Jill have been a source of personal encouragement and biblical clarity for many years, both among the students at the centers which they visited and their care of staff. May we pray for Jill and the Briscoe family as they grieve the absence of Stuart from their lives.

A word from the Briscoe family: “With deep sadness, we inform you that Stuart Briscoe died of natural causes on the evening of August 3. For many of you, he was a preacher, pastor, mentor, or friend. To us, he was ‘Stu’, ‘Dad’ and ‘Poppa’, and we already miss him achingly…”

While Stuart and Jill Briscoe had a world-wide ministry, we always considered them part of the Torchbearers family, even after they moved to the United States where Stuart served for 30 years as senior pastor of Elmbrook Church near Milwaukee. Mark Thomas summarized Stuart’s history with Torchbearers with the following statement:

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For us as a Fellowship there is a deep sadness in having to accept his going yet a deeper joy in knowing he is at home. How grateful we are for what he meant to us all through his godly character, Christ centred life, clear preaching and teaching based on thorough study of the Scriptures. His gift in communicating the Gospel and ability to share Christ with clarity throughout these decades has had an impact on countless thousands around the world. For many of us who knew him personally his warmth and sense of humour leaves its lasting impression along with the honest and practical counsel he so often wisely brought to us.

He was born and brought up in the Northwest of England and lived in Kendal just about 14 miles from Capernwray. Having served in the Royal Marines took up a profession in banking though early on had a love for preaching. It was at Capernwray that he met Jill and what a great team they have proved to be. Having met Major Thomas through his visits to Capernwray he was invited to join the staff and took on the responsibility for business and finances and subsequently became Assistant General Director for the work of Torchbearers. 

It was Stuart who initiated the Spring Bible School at Capernwray, and it was during his ten years on staff from 1960 -1970 that his preaching and teaching gifts took him around the UK and then further afield. He was truly accepted in so many places for his ability to communicate Christ and the implication of his life in the believer. Jill and Stuart left a lasting legacy in the area around Capernwray through the local youth work centered in what became the Warehouse in Carnforth. 

His move to take up a pastoral role broadened his experience and we are very much aware of the growth and development of Elmbrook Church in Wisconsin from where he had such influence in the USA and after handing over leadership there travelled the world to share Christ in so many needy places.  He and Jill established a ministry called “Telling the Truth”, which served the proclamation of Christ and His Word to be spread even further afield through radio and other media. The Torchbearers centers benefited wonderfully from visits to the Bible schools over recent years. He will be very much missed but we praise the Lord for the privilege of his friendship for so long and investment through the Lord into our lives. 

The following was posted on the “Telling the Truth” website:

Stuart Briscoe, who was a spiritual leader to hundreds of thousands of people around the world, has gone home to be with his Lord and Savior. We’ve been so encouraged by the emails, notes, and phone calls from people who have been touched by his dedication to teaching the Bible and his faithful ministry over seven decades.

Stuart dedicated his life to sharing God’s Word with the world. And we’re so thankful to have learned from his steady fortitude to follow Jesus and his faithful commitment to love and serve people.

Stuart would tell all of us grieving his passing not to make a big deal about it. Dying is merely an unavoidable end-product to having lived in this broken world, and for every believer, a means to eternal Life. What was important to Stuart was carrying on and finishing strong—saying yes to every appointment God had for him right up to his dying day. And Stuart did just that.

So, to those who remain in this world he would say, “Keep calm and carry on.” And that’s exactly what we intend to do.

There’s no doubt we will miss our founder, mentor, teacher, and friend. But one day we’ll reunite with him in Heaven. No doubt, he’ll meet us at the gate with a three-point sermon about how Heaven exceeded every limited human expectation he ever had. Oh, what a glorious day that will be!

We love you, Stuart.

At Major Thomas’ memorial service Stuart shared from Heb. 13:7-8, “Remember those who led you, who spoke the Word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” He reminded us (in what I remember as a 3-point message!) of the encouragement we may take from those who went before us knowing that it was Christ who ultimately worked through His servants and not just the servants themselves; and praise God He is still the same. A good word for us today with which Stuart would certainly agree. 

Warmly in Christ,

Peter and Gaby Reid

Dear Torchbearers family, as many of you know, Stuart Briscoe went to be with the Lord on August 3rd. We are so grateful as a ministry to have shared in the lives and ministry of Stuart Briscoe. He and Jill have been a source of personal encouragement and biblical clarity for many years, both among the students at the centers which they visited and their care of staff. May we pray for Jill and the Briscoe family as they grieve the absence of Stuart from their lives.

A word from the Briscoe family: “With deep sadness, we inform you that Stuart Briscoe died of natural causes on the evening of August 3. For many of you, he was a preacher, pastor, mentor, or friend. To us, he was ‘Stu’, ‘Dad’ and ‘Poppa’, and we already miss him achingly…”

While Stuart and Jill Briscoe had a world-wide ministry, we always considered them part of the Torchbearers family, even after they moved to the United States where Stuart served for 30 years as senior pastor of Elmbrook Church near Milwaukee. Mark Thomas summarized Stuart’s history with Torchbearers with the following statement:

Read more

For us as a Fellowship there is a deep sadness in having to accept his going yet a deeper joy in knowing he is at home. How grateful we are for what he meant to us all through his godly character, Christ centred life, clear preaching and teaching based on thorough study of the Scriptures. His gift in communicating the Gospel and ability to share Christ with clarity throughout these decades has had an impact on countless thousands around the world. For many of us who knew him personally his warmth and sense of humour leaves its lasting impression along with the honest and practical counsel he so often wisely brought to us.

He was born and brought up in the Northwest of England and lived in Kendal just about 14 miles from Capernwray. Having served in the Royal Marines took up a profession in banking though early on had a love for preaching. It was at Capernwray that he met Jill and what a great team they have proved to be. Having met Major Thomas through his visits to Capernwray he was invited to join the staff and took on the responsibility for business and finances and subsequently became Assistant General Director for the work of Torchbearers.

It was Stuart who initiated the Spring Bible School at Capernwray, and it was during his ten years on staff from 1960 -1970 that his preaching and teaching gifts took him around the UK and then further afield. He was truly accepted in so many places for his ability to communicate Christ and the implication of his life in the believer. Jill and Stuart left a lasting legacy in the area around Capernwray through the local youth work centered in what became the Warehouse in Carnforth.

His move to take up a pastoral role broadened his experience and we are very much aware of the growth and development of Elmbrook Church in Wisconsin from where he had such influence in the USA and after handing over leadership there travelled the world to share Christ in so many needy places.  He and Jill established a ministry called “Telling the Truth”, which served the proclamation of Christ and His Word to be spread even further afield through radio and other media. The Torchbearers centres benefited wonderfully from visits to the Bible schools over recent years. He will be very much missed but we praise the Lord for the privilege of his friendship for so long and investment through the Lord into our lives.

The following was posted on the “Telling the Truth” website:

Stuart Briscoe, who was a spiritual leader to hundreds of thousands of people around the world, has gone home to be with his Lord and Savior. We’ve been so encouraged by the emails, notes, and phone calls from people who have been touched by his dedication to teaching the Bible and his faithful ministry over seven decades.

Stuart dedicated his life to sharing God’s Word with the world. And we’re so thankful to have learned from his steady fortitude to follow Jesus and his faithful commitment to love and serve people.

Stuart would tell all of us grieving his passing not to make a big deal about it. Dying is merely an unavoidable end-product to having lived in this broken world, and for every believer, a means to eternal Life. What was important to Stuart was carrying on and finishing strong—saying yes to every appointment God had for him right up to his dying day. And Stuart did just that.

So, to those who remain in this world he would say, “Keep calm and carry on.” And that’s exactly what we intend to do.

There’s no doubt we will miss our founder, mentor, teacher, and friend. But one day we’ll reunite with him in Heaven. No doubt, he’ll meet us at the gate with a three-point sermon about how Heaven exceeded every limited human expectation he ever had. Oh, what a glorious day that will be!

We love you, Stuart.

At Major Thomas’ memorial service Stuart shared from Heb. 13:7-8, “Remember those who led you, who spoke the Word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” He reminded us (in what I remember as a 3-point message!) of the encouragement we may take from those who went before us knowing that it was Christ who ultimately worked through His servants and not just the servants themselves; and praise God He is still the same. A good word for us today with which Stuart would certainly agree.

Warmly in Christ,

Peter and Gaby Reid

Where will you go?

 

Torchbearers has 25 centers located throughout the world, dedicated to teaching and preaching the saving, indwelling and transforming life of Christ in the believer!

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Our Bible school programs provide foundational teaching and practical training to live the authentic Christian life. You can spend a gap year at Bible school or choose from several shorter-term options.

Bible School

 

Our Bible school programs provide foundational teaching and practical training to live the authentic Christian life. You can spend a gap year at Bible school or choose from several shorter-term options.

About Torchbearers

 

Torchbearers International (also known as Capernwray) is an interdenominational Christian ministry operating centers in 20 countries that offer short-term Bible school programs, conferences, camps and retreats.

About Torchbearers

 

Torchbearers International is a Christian ministry operating centers in 20 countries that offer short-term Bible school programs, conferences, camps and retreats.

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