South Wales-based evangelist Ron Spillards has been on a mission for more than 60 years to reach the lost with the good news of the Lord Jesus Christ. Now 85-year- old Ron has captured his story and reflections in his autobiography “How Long?…. Until!”
Ron, who lives at Blackwood and is a member at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, was educated at Rutlish School, Wimbledon and became a Christian while a student. Later, his whole family became Christians. He has held many leadership roles and he and his late wife Christine were key players in helping to organise the Mission Wales and Tell Wales movements in the 1980’s. In 1991, he became National Director of The Evangelization Society (TES) and later vice president and president.
Ron also chaired the Wales Lausanne Cymru Committee and he was a member of the International Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, with special responsibilities for Europe.
Throughout this time Ron has faithfully served many churches in Wales and England as a visiting preacher and he still has a busy diary of engagements. He is also a long-serving officer and trustee of the Gwent Baptist Association.
Ron has a burden that the role of the evangelist should still be a crucial part of Christian outreach today – one of the reasons why he has put pen to paper and produced the book, sponsored by the Gwent Baptist Association and gifts from individuals.
Ron said: “It would not have been possible to put my story and reflections on being an evangelist into print without the enormous help of two people – Geoffrey Champion, secretary of the GBA and my daughter Deborah. Also, of course, my wife Christine had such a wonderful part in my story for which I am eternally grateful.”
Apart from Deborarh, Ron has another daughter, Dinah, a son-in-law Pete and two grandchildren.
Among his hobbies and interests, Ron has been an enthusiastic supporter of Glamorgan County Cricket Club for many years; he has a keen interest in heritage steam railways and is a strong supporter of the Gwent National Trust Association.
In the Foreword to the book, Dr M David Enoch, emeritus consultant psychiatrist, Royal Liverpool University Hospital and a patron of the TES, says: “His (Ron’s) story is an encouragement to others, in an age when there is much fake and false news, to take up the baton, and proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ’s unconditional love and hope.”
The book, designed by Allison Watmon of AW Graphic Design and printed via Pete Walters of Printbridge, Saltash, Cornwall, is available free of charge but donations would be gratefully received to cover postal and packaging costs. Copies of the book can be obtained by sending your name, address and telephone number to the Gwent Baptist Association at email@example.com