Charlotte Lovelace Hoover
Charlotte Lovelace Hoover, a major donor and friend of the Baptist World Alliance, died on July 1, at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, in the United States. She was 94 years old.
Hoover supported many causes of the BWA including contributions to disaster and hunger relief. She was a major contributor to the purchase of the BWA international offices in 2001. She and her husband Lawrence, who died in 1983, were benefactors for other Baptist causes and institutions, including theological seminaries. Funeral services were held at Precision Valley Baptist Church in North Springfield, Vermont, on July 9. She leaves son, Arthur Hoover, and daughter, Sandra Mollica.
Peter Eidberg, past president of the Baptist Union of Norway, former dean of the Norwegian Baptist Theological Seminary and founder of the Norwegian Baptist Historical Union, died on August 12. He was 79 years old.
Eidberg was regarded as the foremost Norwegian Baptist
historian. His doctoral thesis covered the growth and spread of the Baptist movement in Norway until the Jubilee conference in 1902. His eventual focus was on recent Norwegian church history, American church history and Baptist history specifically. He founded the Norwegian Baptist Historical Union in 1978 and was its leader throughout the remainder of his life. In 1994 Eidberg started and was editor of Baptist – a Magazine for Baptist History, Theology and Praxis, published by the Norwegian Baptist Historical Union. From 2001-2009 he was an editor of European Dictionary of Baptist Life and Thought. He taught at the Norwegian Baptist Theological Seminary for 42 years and served as dean for 11 of those years. Eidberg was, amongst other things, a board member of the Norwegian Counsel of Free Churches, the Christian Broadcasting Union, the Prayer Week for Christian Unity and the Nordic Ecumenical Counsel. He was also a member of Norwegian Forum for Theological Dialogue and a board member for Modum Bad. Eidberg was awarded the Ecumenical Prize in 2006 for his contribution to the ecumenical movement in Norway. In 2010 he was honored by Norway’s’ king with the medal for long and faithful service.
He was, from 1980-1990, a member of the Baptist World
Alliance General Council. From 1980 to 1995 he served, at various times, as a member of the BWA Study and Research Executive Committee, the Communications Committee, the Commission on Baptist Heritage and Identity, the Commission on Doctrine and Interchurch Cooperation and the Academic and Theological Education Work Group.
Funeral services were held at the Bærum Baptist Church on He leaves wife, Palma, and three children.
30 BAPTIST WORLD MAGAZINE Joseph Sedu Mans
Joseph Sedu Mans, a past vice presi- dent of the Baptist World Alliance and former president of the Baptist Convention of Sierra Leone, died on June 29, in Lunsar, Sierra Leone. He was 95 years old.
Mans was the founding father of the Baptist Convention of Sierra Leone and provided leadership to the wider evangelical and ecumenical communities in the West African country. He served as the first executive president of the Baptist Convention of Sierra Leone from 1974-1991 and was named president emeritus for his meritorious service to the convention.
Mans was born to Muslim parents in the French colony of what is now the Republic of Guinea. His father, an accomplished Islamic scholar, moved the family to Sierra Leone. After his father’s death, he attended a school run by Christian missionaries and converted to Christianity. Having received a call to the ordained Christian ministry, he studied and trained at the Gbendembu Wesleyan Theological Seminary between 1943 and 1947 and, several years later, at Houghton College in New York in the United States, from 1960-1964. He was pastor of the Kamakwie Wesleyan Church between 1948 and 1955 and of the Makeni Wesleyan Church from 1955-1970. He served as vice president of the Wesleyan Church of Sierra Leone from 1960-1965.
He was a founder of the Evangelical Fellowship of Sierra Leone,
serving as its president from 1970-1982, was president of the Council of Churches in Sierra Leone, and was a member of the Sierra Leone Bible College Board from 1978-1998. In 1971, the World Council of Churches named him as one of six commission members to assess the impact of the WCC relief program for Bangladesh refugees in Calcutta, India.
In 1972, Mans was tapped to lead Baptist work in Sierra Leone and
became the first president of the newly formed Baptist Convention of Sierra Leone in 1974. Mans served the BWA in a number of capacities. In addition to being BWA vice president from 1990-1995, he was a member of the General Council, the Executive Committee, the Officers Search Committee, the Resolutions Committee and the Congress Program Committee.
Mans was involved in the civic life of his country. Between 1944 and 1948 he was teacher and later head teacher of the Gbendembu Wesleyan Primary School. He was the founder and principal of the Birch Memorial Secondary School Makeni from 1968-1970. In 1966 he was commissioned by the minister of education to examine, along with other commissioners, the status of the Local Education Authority and make recommendations.
He was instrumental in the establishment and development of the Lunsar Baptist Eye Hospital and was involved, together with his wife, Susan Sadi Hassanyeh, in the construction of the Freetown Youth Centre. He chaired the Bombali District Red Cross Society from 1965-1970 and was executive secretary of the New Life for All Movement from 1970-1974. He served as a member of the Makeni Town Council and the Bombali District Council. In recognition for his contribution to the country’s development and for his philanthropic service, he was named as a member of the order of the Rokel by the president of Sierra Leone. Funeral services were held July 21 at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Lunsar. Mourners included Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma and Opposition Leader John Benjamin. He leaves son, Joseph Jr., and daughters, Linda and Elizabeth.
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