I am saddened at the news of the death to one whom I can truly say was a man of principle, conviction and was not a compromiser. It was through his book, “Deceptions of the New Theology” that confirmed my decision to come to Hartland as a Pastoral Evangelism student and I have not regretted it. To the Standish family, my condolences are with you and may we all be faithful so that we can meet again on the sea of glass!
Isaac Olatunji Jr.
Class of 1994
We are saying goodbye to a special person. ‘When I told our Conference president our youngest son was going to Hartland College, he told me my son would be taught many errors. I asked for just one. Our pastor reached up and handed the president a book of Colin and Russell – “Youth Do You Dare”. President looked through it and said “well there are plenty errors, but I cannot see one in this book”.
In 5 years at Hartland our son received a wonderful education in theology and health ministry. Our whole family has been blessed with the ministry of Colin and Russell, their wives and children over the years.
We look forward to the wonderful reunion when Jesus comes.
I read the news of Elder Colin’s demise with grief. I never met him or the brother, but blessed were the ties that held us in heart through their books. I remember when I was doing Colporteur work in Douala, Cameron, a conference leader saw me reading their “Keepers of the Faith,” he said” those men are heretics. ” I laughed because I knew he hadn’t read any of their books. What the Standish brothers wrote years ago is the present experience of the church today. They were my fathers in the faith. I long to stand with Elders Collins and Russell on the sea of glass.
The Standish twins were a team. They withstood apostasy and compromise during the denominational problems in Australia and gave their support to founding the Adventist Laymen’s Fellowship and vision valley meetings which gave many a fountain in historical Adventism (myself included which is one of my first memories of the Standish brothers) and would have a wide influence in the SDA world of which many things we might take for granted today. Their statue ranks along associates such as Pastor George Burnside which belongs to a bygone era of certain men of caliber . They could have earned a lot of money with their titles and studies in the world but that didn’t interest them. Where they placed their money and influence was different to most people, the majority of church men included. What great blessings is this to find in a ministry of twins!
A man of God is departed but only for a while. I met first Colin and later both Colin and Russell soon after Communism fell in Czechoslovakia, and the nation began to open to the west. The official church leaders were warning and claiming that the Standish brothers were not a part Seventh-day Adventist church and that they preach heresy. But I am not in habit of taking the word of men. After meeting with Colin in private, I found out who he truly was: a dedicated warrior for God. I am a translator, and my very first translated book was The Deceptions of the New Theology authored by both brothers. Later we had many meetings with both brothers and other Hartland speakers. We also made study travels to Italy and France together, to study history of Waldenses and Huguenots, as well as study tour in my own country on the lives of John Hus and Jerome of Prague. We also studied the history of the Bohemian protestant Bible called Kralice. When we were at the Bethlehem Chapel in Prague, I had the privilege of translating Colin’s powerful speech right from the same pulpit from which John Hus had preached to the Prague public six centuries before. Colin’s storming voice was heard by hundreds of tourist visitors who came just to see the Bethlehem Chapel as a historical attraction. The impact was tangible. The people stopped and listened. After the presentation was over, they approached us and asked many questions which we were able to answer. I can testify that despite of Colin’s (and Russell’s for that matter) high education, he was a very humble man, just like his brother. He had great patience when he was attacked for his standing for truth, and I have never seen him holding a grudge against anyone. He had a very fine sense of humor. He was a great hero of faith in my eyes, and had great impact on my own standing for Jesus. I am looking forward to meet him in the Kingdom of Christ.
We were sorry to learn that Dr. Standish passed away. He was a wonderful Christian gentleman, a great scholar, and a stauch defender of the Adventist faith but always kind to those who disagreed with him. He spoke at the Norco, California SDA Church (near Corona and Anaheim) when I was the pastor there in the 1980’s, and we greatly appreciated his messages. I think I have all the books that he and his brother, Russel wrote, and they have been a real blessing to us. Now he rests from his labors and his works lived on to bless others.
Dr. Standish was like a father to me. I looked up to him as a man of God. In addition to being a president of several Adventist Institutions and author of many books, he was a humble man that would often condescend to answer questions from a poor student like me. He could speak with conviction and power but had agentle side that made me feel loved and gave me confidence to reach a higher standard. As someone who loves history, there was no one that I have ever met who could equal Dr. Standish in his mastery of history. He would often begin his conversations by referring to some event in the past, starting with the exact year and day and often even the weather conditions.
He is deeply missed by me and thousands of others. He will not be forgotten. He was human and made mistakes but the positives of his influence will continue to challenge, inspire and strengthen thousands in the present truth.
This morning I was reading the memory experience I had of the Avondale College graduation in 1951 and I found a typing error. The word “service” needs to be edited.
My memory of Dr. Colin Standish goes back to the 50th Avondale College Graduation Servive that convened exactly 67 years ago today on 18th November, 1951.
It was decided for the graduation procession that the twins in the class should partner each other. So the Standish twins – Colin and Russell, walked down the aisle with the White twins – Yvonne and Veronica. That was a rare occurrence at an Avondale graduation ceremony.
May the God of comfort and special memories ease your sad loss at this time.
Yvonne Eager (née White)
Elder Standish was always there for me when I needed him for anything, always had time for me – a genuine Christian, Even so – Come Lord Jesus
I remember dr standish as a boy attending convocation with my parents and sister in the 90s. Back then the conference center was not enclosed like it is today. Dr Standishs Powerful intellect, a great knowledge of history and tbe word of God shone through his every sermon. His passion for Gods truth was evident in his every sermon. I remember when he chided the audience for clapping but it was obvious he took the worship for God seriously. I got to speak to him briefly on occasion as did my dad Edson. My dad talked to him about music and culture he told me. Dr Standish will be remembered as a powerful speaker, and was quiet, friendly, down to earth approchable in person. I think we will all miss his sermons, his scholarship, his passion for truth or his friendship with ron spear. He was a voice in the wilderness amidst great apostasy. I’m heartbroken to see him pass but I hope to see him again resurrection morning when Jesus comes again, and I hope to see Sarah, and my mother Thaysma again. Jesus, please help us all be ready. This world is not our home were just a passin through. Theres too. much death and suffering. Jesus, come to put an end to all of this. We want to go home. May we all be ready for His return.
Dr. Standish was “very loved”, by us in Colton, CA – – at The 7th Day Sabbath Church! He would come, at first, twice a year? But, as he got older, we were only fortunate to see him, yearly. I “still” remember the announcement, of when Dr. Standish had lost his brother and twin, in Australia! It hit us all, very hard. I can NEVER saythat I know anyone, in the present-truth of SDAism (who was better knowledgeable of the depths of the ‘deception’ to our denomination), that has been Dr. Standish. May the Good Lord give him much needed “rest”, for his good work and labours – – in this Great Harvest. I can’t “wait”, to find & see Dr. Standish, in Heaven – – soon. I’ll thank him for all he’s done; I’ll tell him stories of us ‘faithful’, overcoming the Beast and her Image, and the oncoming/onslaught – -by the blood of the Lamb! What a GREAT day that will be? Dr. Standish and I will be there! Q Will you? Have hope and be encouraged. PHIL 4:13 Rhonda Fagan
As I look at Dr. Standish’s picture I realize what a strong impact he had on my life. I was a volunteer at Weimar when he came that first year to be the dean of the College. I was so inspired by his unrelenting pursuit of truth and unwillingness to bend to pressure. And yet he was unfailingly gentle and kind. To me he represented a perfect balance of firmness and flexibility and humor. I will always remember him saying in class one day that the ability to spell correctly was not an indication of intelligence ; – ). Looking forward to heaven!
We are deeply saddened by the news of brother Dr.Colin D.Standish passing. Please accept our sincere condolences. Revelation 21: 1-4,7.
Dr. Colin Standish was the 2nd. prez when I was a student @ CUC. One of my girlfriends was being expelled from the nursing program (not for any horrible reason) so my roommate and I, with sweaty palms and trembling knees, knocked on the door of his house and asked to be seen. After waiting a few minutes, we were ushered into the living room. and then Dr. Standish appeared. We waited in silence for him to speak and when he didn’t we started speaking rapidly – those pesky nerves will do a person in every time. We pleaded our case for our friend to remain in nursing. Our plea/s were met with silence. We didn’t know what else to say or do and as we looked at him and each other, he thanked us for coming. We felt that we had failed in our cause and consoled ourselves by stating how lucky we were to get to see inside of the president’s mansion. It wasn’t sometime later that we heard that our friend was told that she could remain in the nursing program. She graduated from that program. Our pleas didn’t fall on closed ears afterwards.
A man consumed with the desire to spread the truth even during those twilight years; leaving indelible memories for us in this part of the Pacific. Memories of a faith that worketh by love….We thank the Lord for Pastor Standish’s life
Love and compassion extended to the family. Be encouraged by His promises. My husband and I met Dr. Standish at Lake Junalaska, NC at a Family Retreat sponsored at the time by Metro New York Men’s Ministry (Now Metro New York World Ministry). It has been such a blessing staying connected with Hartland College! Let’s stay on our knees and in His word. Even so, come, LORD Jesus. I hate sin. Until the trumpet sound…
Rest on until we meet at His feet please. There remained therefore a crown…
My heartfelt sympathy for Cheryl.
I spent several very enjoyable hours with Dr. Colin Standish and his wife, Cheryl, when they visited Amaroo – Abide Health Retreat during its development, in South Australia about four years ago. We talked of many things and created a bond which I will always remember. I so look forward to our eventual meeting again.
I met Dr Standish at a New York men ministry retreat and He was indeed a man who had authority of the word of God. I have been blessed by the books authored by him. May the Almighty God in the presence of the Holy Spirit comfort his family at this difficult time. I long for Jesus to come.
Greg and I will not be able to attend the memorial service, due to previous travel commitments. However, our love and prayers are with the family just now. Dr. Standish was a man who loved God and his family, but, most importantly, He loved the Word of God and stood for his convictions. We count it a privilege to have known him, and will be praying for the family during this time of loss. We eagerly look for the resurrection, when there will be no more sorrow or sadness or pain. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
God is the best comforter in the time of trouble and death,Psalms 23_Even though I walk in the valley and shadow of death,I shall fear not His rod will always protect me,Rest in peace
My condolences to his family in these prophetical times of History. Indeed, “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” Psalm 116:15. I never personally met Dr. Standish, but inadvertently met him and his brother Russell, as they both authored a book brought to my attention, titled “144,000 The Great Multitude and The Return of Jesus.”
To the Standish family, I share: Matthew 5:4, “Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
I remember when the Board of Hope International was meeting after the camp meeting one year. We were taking a break during the long session. Colin was staying at L.A.M.I., where the meeting was and told me that it was not good to meet so late at night, because we could not be under the influence of the Holy Spirit as much if we were tired. He didn’t do it in a condemning way, but out of deep concern for our well-being. Another beautiful thing I noticed the next day, was that Colin had a lot of love and care for Russell, his brother. He was eating breakfast at our place and noticed the time. He called Russell to make sure he was going to leave on time to make his flight. He was a great speaker, but was also a very gentle man. He will be missed.
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