I have many fond memories of Colin Standish, having grown up as a young teenager going to the ‘Standish camps’ in Australia, and then many years later as a student at Highwood College in Australia, hearing him at meetings thunder out his strong convictions for truth and integrity. I was very blessed to spend a lot of time with him as a Pasteral Evangelism student at Hartland College. One of my favourite memories at College was a special 20 min or so time slot that occurred just before Tuesday evening prayer meetings at the Chapel. Here, he would traditionally invite all the Pasteral Evangelism and Bible Instructor majors to come to his office upstairs where he would personally spend time exhorting us on Bible doctrines, standards and other Biblical issues. Many times he would quiz us on certain Bible topics or objections and ask us to defend ourselves Biblically. Those were great times of fellowship with him and spiritual strength that I received. He would always tell stories about his experiences in ministry for the purpose of encouraging us for the day when we would graduate and go into ministry ourselves. He always took a personal interest in our own lives, and especially in our future ministry plans, often adding suggestions and insight into our ideas. He also took a special interest in me since he had known my family ever since I was a little boy, and since I was the only Australian at College at that time who was studying for ministry. Many times he encouraged and exhorted me to go back to Australia and lift the banner high for Jesus. I looked up to him as my spiritual grandfather, and always knew him as a kind, gentle man when discussing with him personally, yet as a staunch defender of the faith behind the pulpit, one who didn’t hesitate to call sin by its right name in no uncertain terms. The passing of Russell and now Colin has left a wide hole in Adventism, as the last of some of the giant defenders of historic Adventism are now laid to rest. He is sorely missed by all who loved him. His passing away though has only left a stronger, burning desire in my heart to pick up the torch in Australia and do my part to defend the faith handed down to us at so great a cost.
class of 2013
Praise the Lord for YouTube and the printed word that continues even after someone’s death. I love to listen to their panel discussions and many sermons. Condolences to the family. Its a great loss to our church. Both he and his brother were bastians of the truth. Let’s keep faithful and continue the work they championed.
Dr. Standish was my College President at West Indies College (now Northern Caribbean University). I spent many joyful times with healthy laughter and intense debates with him and Cheryl. He was a true Servant Leader. He had a deep influence on me and my love for secondary education.
Without a doubt, he was a mentor and inspiration to me.
I met Dr. Standish when I attended the Adventist College in Jamaica. What a man of God! What a kind, humble, compassionate soul! What a wonderful example of what a Christian should be like! We’ll done, good and faithful servant…enter into the joy of your Lord.
Our Deepest condolences to Cheryl and family.
I dearly wish I could be at Dr. Standish’s memorial, for he was an unforgettable warrior for God. We loved his wealth of stories so well, that we would intentionally ask him questions in class that would launch him into story-telling. One day, when Alexandra was a toddler, she climbed up in my lap (as I’m sure she was used to doing at home), and demanded a story. I had just begun a story when Dr. Standish came out of the Chapel and told her it was time to go home. She protested that she was in the midst of a story. I will never forget his suggestion to her. He said, “ask for the conclusion paragraph”.
To me, this one phrase sums up Dr. Standish’s life and echoes the wisest man who said “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter…fear God and keep His commandments”. His was a life of sharp focus and broad vision. It was from him that I began to understand the meaning of the gospel.
He always had a theme song for his classes. Every time I sing, “OH, For A Closer Walk With God”, I hear his booming voice singing, “The dearest idol I have known, whatever that idol be, help me to tear it from Thy throne and worship only Thee!”
A father of students. A visionary. A reformer. An author. A teacher, evangelist, warrior. A giant for God. You have stood in your lot and your life has not been in vain. You will not rest long before the Lifegiver calls your name. Sweet be thy rest.
May God hold close and dear the Standish family. Lovingly, Suz (Harpine) Boykin
I wish I could be with you all at Hartland today for the Memorial Service for Dr Colin Standish, but I would just like to say that Dr Standish’s ministry has been such a rich blessing to us over here in the British Isles, and I am sure that by God’s grace, that ministry – together with his dear brother Russell – will continue to do a work for the Lord until Jesus comes again with all that has been written and published and recorded by them over many years.
I am so thankful for Dr Standish’s valiant stand for God’s truth and principle over many years and all in the spirit of Jesus; from my earliest memory of a sermon he preached at the first ASI meeting to be held here in the city of Leicester in 1984; the first Hartland Bible Conference (outside of the US) held at Enton in February 1985, and the many meetings held at Gazeley Bible Fellowship over the years together with others held all over the continent of Europe. I am so thankful for the witness and the example he has left us – of his unwaivering stand for truth and principle under the most extreme ecclesiastical pressure in our beloved church in the early 1990’s with his brother Pastor Russell and the late Pastor Ron Spear.
May the Lord give us the grace, as He did for Dr Standish, to stand faithfully for Jesus in these very last days of earth’s history and to do all in the sweet spirit of the One who gave everything for us is my prayer.
With love and prayers for Sister Cheryl Standish and family,
Revelation 14:13 – “blessed are the dead which die in the Lord”
I believe his life was a blessing and even his death is a blessing. I heard about Colin and Russel Standish in 2006. They both came to Romania my country but then I was very young and did not know about it. Yet I want to say that because of their messages and books in Romania a fire was Kindled for the present truth and the straight testimony. Some of my friends and I responded to that call and we felt a fire in our bones urging us to sound the trumpet a certain sound. It is amazing how far reaching our influence can go. For over 12 years in Romania the present truth is beeing preached by few man of God and it all started because of Colin’s and Russel’s influence. I praise God for such a courageous and principled man. May the Lord help us to carry forward this work in love and faithfulness to principle.
Adrian, servant of Christ
This I wrote a few weeks ago on the Hartland facebook group, while He was still with us, and I want to reproduce it here for the occasion:
A few years back I received an email from Dr. Standish himself written by his secretary, where he was expressing his concern after hearing rumors about me in regards to my spirituality. Since he didn’t know if what he was told was true or not, he wrote to me the most encouraging words and an earnest appeal to carry on with God’s work, prepare for His second coming and to always be a witness to those around me wherever I would be.
As I was reading his email, I could clearly hear him speak with the zeal and enthusiasm he would always portrait when speaking to the young people.
I was so blessed by his email and said a prayer right there and then after reading it, and then had to read it at least a couple more times! surprised, privileged, humbled, uplifted and blessed is how I was and felt. Expressing concern for the spiritual life of his students and personally reaching out to them, tells you how great of a man of God he is, a true leader, pastor, and our President emeritus of Hartland College. (I of course replied to him and he replied back!) As I recall this, I wanted to share it with you all and I want to ask you to please continue to pray for Him and as he has showed his concern for us staff and students, in so many different ways, please tell him that we are all praying for him and we thank him for always being there for us, that we love him and by God’s grace and mercy we will meet up in heaven!
Victor Arias Jr. – 2000 – 2003 (Hartland College)
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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