Booth, Gordon Thomas
b Teddington, Middlesex 1922. d New Fairholme, Oswestry 15th July, 2013. Converted 1935 through Upper Tooting Crusaders, he trained for the Congregational ministry at New Coll, London. After serving churches in Oldbury and Leigh-on-Sea (Essex), he retired to Oswestry (Shrops). He was an Elder of Quinta Independent Evangelical Church, Weston Rhyn, nr Oswestry. As a co-founder of the Evangelical Fellowship of Congregational Churches he was for some years responsible for its publications. Hymns for a Tabernacle: Scriptural Hymns and Paraphrases (54 items) was published 1992 (words only); music edn 1999, with many new tunes by Andrew Biggs, a former organist of Oldbury Congregational Ch. While acknowledging that some will find these texts old-fashioned, his Preface includes the comment that ‘We have known so little of the power and presence of God that it is hardly to be wondered that worship is impoverished and the writing of hymns of quality is rare’. One hymn, with a line repeated to close each of its 3 stzs, ‘Jesus Christ is Lord’, features in the 2004 edn of CH. No.308.