|Posted by St Philips Theological College on January 14, 2014 at 2:50 AM|
With great sadness we received the news of the sudden death of our dear friend, colleague and partner in the Gospel. Andy was a true disciple of Jesus whose desire was to live for him and to truely witness in word and deed. Although he was far away we still hoped to see him one day in this world. But with his departure we still have hope of seeing him in the world to come before our Father's presence.
We thank Revd Dr Phil Groves and Canon Hugh Prentice for breaking this news to the college.
Our deepest sympathy and prayers go to Kathy and the children and the wider family.
An extract we received below says
Dear Friends with connections to Tanzania,
Greetings in the Name of the Lord Jesus.
I share with you the sad news of the death of Andy Stirrup, who died in Sydney on Thursday 9 January. We pray for his widow, Kathy, and for their 3 children, Alexandra, Christopher and James. Andy and Kathy served the Lord as missionaries with Crosslinks (UK) in Tanzania from 1994 to 2000, in the fellowship of the Diocese of Tabora and St Philip's Theological College, Kongwa. Dorothy and I were neighbours of the Stirrup family in Kongwa. Kathy's parents are the Revd Brian and Mrs Gwen Higginbotham, who served the Lord as missionaries of CMS Australia in Tanzania and the Northern Territory of Australia in the 1960s.
I am grateful to Mrs Kate Bradford and the Revd Bob Andrews for kindly letting me know of Andy's death. At present, I have no details of arrangments for Andy's funeral.
Here is the annoucement as sent out by the Diocese of Sydney:
Youthworks mourns lecturer’s sudden death
11th Jan 2014
The Sydney Anglican youth arm, Youthworks, and the wider church community is mourning the sudden loss of College lecturer Andy Stirrup, who collapsed suddenly on Thursday night.
Mr Stirrup collapsed following a run with his son, and was not able to be revived by paramedics.
He was faculty of Youthworks College in 2001 after missionary service in Tanzania. Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Mr Stirrup came to Australia to study at Moore College in the early 1990's.
He spent five years teaching theological students in Tanzania with the Crosslinks mission organisation.
He lectured in Old Testament, Greek, New Testament Exegesis & Family Ministry at Youthworks College at Loftus in Sydney's South.
"Andy was a foundational and much-loved member of the College faculty, who over 12 years impacted and shaped the lives and ministry of several hundred students" said Youthworks College principal Andrew Nixon. "He will be greatly missed by the College community, but most especially by his wife Kathy, their 3 children, Alex, Chris and James and his wider family" Mr Nixon said.
"Please join us in prayer for them as they grieve the loss of Andy, that they may draw comfort in the faithfulness of our Lord, and the sure knowledge that Andy is now with his Saviour" he said
Mr Stirrup was a member of St Paul's Anglican Church in Menai, southern Sydney.
Details of a thanksgiving service, to be held at the College will be released shortly.
May God grant to Kathy and Alex and Chris and James His grace and comfort in their terrible sadness, and bless all who are reaching out to them with support and encouragement.
An extract from one of Andy's diploma students below
To everyone who knew or met Andy will deeply be shocked over his sudden death. His time at St. Philip's was not ill-spent . He strengthened the minds and the spirits of ministry to those who were going ministerial formation.
During all my struggle in furthering up my education, I have never failed mentioning Andy. And of course I do love Old Testament studies because of Andy. It is time to remember the best things that Stirrup has done for God and for the church.
May our dear friend Andy rest in peace.
(1 Corinthians 15:20)