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Former director of Operation Mobilisation Peter Maiden dies aged 72

by Cara Bentley

Peter Maiden, the former international director of Operation Mobilisation (OM) and former chairman of the Keswick Convention, has died at the age of 72.

He died from cancer on 14th July.

Maiden joined OM, which aims to share the gospel with the least reached countries of the world, in 1974, working with its founder George Verwer, and led it between 2003 and 2013. He focused on the faith of its mission workers, encouraging them to read the Bible and let it influence them. 

OM wrote that: "Peter emphasised the spirituality of OM team members and the importance of God's Word permeating the entire life of Jesus followers. While leading a life of total surrender to Jesus in both his public and personal life, he demonstrated a quiet steadiness, coupled with a visionary passion for seeing the lives of people around the world changed by Jesus Christ. Under his leadership and guidance, new ministries developed as part of OM's growing holistic approach to mission, and leadership expanded, particularly in Africa, Latin America and Asia."

Maiden also taught, preached and mentored younger men, was an elder at his local church and wrote books about discipleship and gratitude. 




Born in April 1948, Maiden grew up in a Christian family and was drawn into Christian ministry after working for a short time in a secular job. 

He was a keen evangelist, passionate about exegetical preaching and heavily involved in the Keswick Convention. 

Their obituary described him as "a man of immense gifts, yet he wore them lightly."

It continued: "He did not demean others, and was himself characterised by a self-deprecating humour. He did not thrust himself forward, but was always there to step in when needed or asked. He was a team player, equally at home on the main platform at Keswick, preaching, or hoovering the creche with no public gaze. The foundation of his day and his life was prayer, dependence on the God he loved and served, and he sought to live a life shaped by the Word of God."

Maiden stepped down from being international director of OM in 2013 to spend more time with family: his wife, Win, their three children and ten grandchildren.

Lawrence Tong, the current OM international director, said of Maiden: "Our brother will be missed, but the legacy of his work for OM and the greater mission to reach the nations - as well as his kindness and friendship - won't be forgotten."

A memorial fund has been created which will be split between Keswick Ministries and OM. 

You can read a longer tribute to him here



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