Benny Hazlehurst was raised in a liberal High Anglican famil, but came to evangelical faith in his teens. He trained at Trinity College Bristol, before ordination, and a serious of encounters with gay Christians led him to change his view on the Church’s teaching on same-sex relationships, out of which he founded Accepting Evangelicals . Our paths crossed at various times during our ministries, and I invited him to contribute to one of the study days discussing sexuality that I organised at St John’s, Nottingham. I remember him as a person of remarkable energy and passion, and was deeply moved to read the last article he wrote on his blog as he knew he was facing imminent death from cancer. He died on Boxing Day, and his funeral is to be held on 17 January. I repost his article with permission from his widow Mel; do pray for her and their children.
Ian Paul. Psephizo. 16 Janaury 2019