In 1964 the church experienced what might be called a mini-revival or visitation of the Holy Spirit. Such was the increase that by 1967 Erroll opted to leave the publishing scene and concentrate full-time on the pastorate. Stanley Hogwood was a remarkable supporter who encouraged Erroll to engage in overseas ministry as well as the work of establishing the Carey Conference for ministers in 1970. Along with John Rubens Erroll initiated the annual Carey Family conference in 1971. Together with Jim van Zyl Erroll organised the evangelical and reformed conference in South Africa which has grown in size and meets for a week every year at Skogheim near Port Shepstone in Kwazulu.
Stanley Hogwood was son-in-law of the well-known pastor Benjamin Warburton in Brighton. On Warburton’s decease Stanley inherited the editorship of the denominational monthly magazine The Christians’ Pathway. In 1970 the editorship passed to Erroll who turned The Christians’ Pathway magazine into Reformation Today. Looking back Erroll remembers with much gratitude the total commitment of Stanley and Marian Hogwood to the church in Cuckfield.
Erroll has had pastoral experience in four churches, Cuckfield 1962-1984, Liverpool 1984 to 1988 and as elder and associate pastor at Leeds Reformed Baptist Church 1988 to 2008, as well as a ‘locum’ for Eastside Baptist church, Windhoek, Namibia, in 1995.
Since the decease of Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones in 1981 Erroll has served on the Westminster Conference Committee this being an annual two-day conference in London and also since 1974 he has served as a director of Evangelical Press.
Erroll’s international ministry has included preaching at conferences and in churches in Asia (Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Myanmar), Europe (Romania, Latvia, Spain, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Cyprus, Malta), and North and South America and Africa He has fulfilled 45 preaching tours in the USA and 35 in southern Africa. Highlights in the USA were preaching at the pastors’ conference for John Piper and at the Southern Baptist Founders’ Conference.
Erroll participated in most of the bi-annual International Baptist Conferences at Jarvis Street Baptist Church in Toronto from 1982 to 2000. At the International Baptist Conference, 1990, Erroll initiated the International Fellowship of Reformed Baptists (IFRB). Ernest Reisinger acted as chairman. The purpose was to encourage Reformed Baptist unity and networking round the world and church planting. A bi-monthly IFRB newsletter was produced along with Dr Frederick Hodgson, manager of Reformation Today.
In 2001 Erroll Hulse was one of two visiting preachers at the second FIEL conference in Nampula, Mozambique. This event inspired Erroll to consider the desperate need for a similar kind of ministry in other countries in Southern Africa. Subsequently, Africa Pastors Conferences (APC) has been established, and led by Conrad Mbewe, Irving Steggles, Erroll Hulse and Thomas Winn.
On September 21 2013, Erroll’s wife Lynette was taken home after a number of years of severe illness. In November 2013, while ministering in South Africa at one of the Africa Pastors Conferences, Erroll suffered a severe stroke. This has left him permanently paralysed on the left side, and since then he has required nursing care. Erroll returned to the UK in January 2014. He now lives in a residential care home in Wetherby.
While an active preaching and writing ministry is no longer possible, Erroll has shifted focus to active and continued intercession for the Kingdom world-wide. For many years he has been passionately concerned to promote a Concert of Prayer for worldwide evangelisation and revival. He continues to pray to for the various countries of the world, for his many Christian contacts both nationally and internationally, and, especially, for the APCs.
While Erroll consistently promoted the ‘Doctrines of Grace’, he always emphasised that the sovereignty of God is not just a ‘doctrine’ to be intellectually grasped. It is a life-line in times of suffering. The recent years of pain and uncertainty and frustration have been an opportunity for Erroll to testify that ‘the Lord has given and the Lord has taken away, blessed be the Name of the Lord.’
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