A Tribute to Bishop Edwin Ngubane

Psalm 116:15: ‘Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.’

It is with much sadness that the principal and staff here at the George Whitefield College acknowledge God’s sovereign wisdom in the taking back to Himself, His son, and our beloved brother and colleague, Bishop Edwin Ngubane.

Edwin studied at the George Whitefield College from 2000 to 2002 and he remains a very special graduate of ours for many reasons.

Firstly his personal conversion story is a remarkable testimony to the grace of Christ. God first placed His hand upon Edwin and brought him to Christ through the KwaSizaBantu mission in Durban. Later after he moved to Gauteng – he entered the REACH-SA fold from the very humble circumstances of the streets of Johannesburg. From there he became involved at the Care Centre ministry operating under the auspices of our Hillbrow (Gauteng) church.

Secondly Edwin’s gifts became very apparent to all who knew him, very shortly after joining our denomination. Whilst at Hillbrow Edwin involved himself with street preaching, evangelism and street children’s work. Soon his gifts and the evident call of God on his life also became evident to all. After Hillbrow he moved to the George Whitefield College for three years and completed his BA Theology which was conferred on him in 2003. He was then ordained as a minister in REACH-SA and later appointed as Bishop for the Gauteng Province.

Edwin’s remarkable story is a reminder of God’s goodness and Gospel power. Certainly Edwin’s legacy is also a reminder to all – not only of the many gifts of outstanding students which God has sent to the George Whitefield College, but also the gifted men and women which He has sent as leaders to His church – empowering us all in this great and heavenly calling we share, to bring the love of Jesus to the world and to save our continent.

On behalf of all here at GWC – our condolences go out to Genevieve and the children. Edwin’s legacy is an eternal one because the Lord knows and cares for His own. Furthermore Paul points out that the Lord does not forget our work: 1 Corinthians 15:58: Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain.’

As our Master and Saviour once said: Matthew 9:37-38: ‘Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.  38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”’  It is our prayer that the Lord of the harvest would send to our college and our church, more men like Bishop Edwin Ngubane.


Mark Dickson