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Passing of a Missionary Colleague and Friend of PCT

Dear Friends

This note comes to inform you the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan (PCT) received word today from Canada that our former missionary colleague and friend Elder John (Jack) E. Geddes was called home to the Lord on Monday, 27 March 2017

Jack Geddes (born in Canada 21 November 1930), together with his wife “Betty” F. M. Geddes was appointed as missionary partners by the Presbyterian Church in Canada (PCC) in 1958 and first arrived in Taiwan January 1959. They had six children who were raised in Taiwan (three daughters and three sons) Paul, Heather, Debbie, David, Maria, John.

They served the Lord faithfully until retirement in 2000 (culminating 42 years of missionary service), however, Jack and Betty returned to Taiwan for another two and half years in a volunteer capacity with the PCT General Assembly and finally “retired” to Canada in June 2003. Sadly not long after retirement, Mr. Geddes’ health situation declined until 2011 he needed long-term residential care; and he was lovingly supported and regularly visited by his wife Mrs. Betty Geddes and children.

During his years in Taiwan Jack Geddes dedicated his gifts as teacher and his passion for language and history to teach countless numbers of students and serve the wider community. With appreciation and recognition of his work in 1989 and again in 1994 he received the Outstanding Professor Award, Tamkang University, MOE.

1959-1973 Language study (Mandarin Chinese) in Taipei, Taiwan
Teacher, Tam-Kang High School, Tamsui, Taiwan
Teacher, Christ College, Tamsui, Taiwan
1961 – 1973 Part time Lecturer, Professor of English and History, Tam-Kang University, Tamsui, Taiwan
1974 – 1996 Professor, Department of English Language and Literature, Tam-Kang University, Tamsui, Taiwan
1996 – 1998 Ecumenical Relations Coordinator and English Secretary to General Secretary, Presbyterian Church in Taiwan General Assembly Office, Taipei, Taiwan
1998 – 2000 Professor, Taiwan Theological College and Seminary, Taipei, Taiwan (English; Church and the Arts)
2000.6 Retired as Missionary partner of PCC-PCT
2001 – 2003.6 Returned to Taiwan to assist PCT General Assembly office on voluntary basis compiling church archives

In addition he willingly gave of his time to serve in the following capacities.

Elder, Ming-Teh Presbyterian Church, Taipei
Board Member, Tam-Kang High School, Tamsui, Taiwan
Board member, Taiwan Theological College and Seminary, Taipei, Taiwan
English Consultant, United Bible Society of Taiwan

1996–1999 English Consultant, Bureau of International Cultural and Education Relations (Wen Chiao Ch’u) of the Ministry of Education, Taiwan

Transcription and translation for publication the Diaries of Dr. George Leslie MacKay
Proof reading, for Asia Church Women’s Conference (ACWC)

Founding Faculty of Tam-Kang University Department of History (1966)
Founding Member, Canadian Society in Taiwan
Founding Member, care and maintenance of Tamsui “Foreign” Cemetery

We thank God for the life and witness of his faithful servant.

Please remember Betty Geddes, her children and thirteen grandchildren in the passing of their much loved husband, father and grandfather.

Sincerely yours

Rev. Lyim Hong-Tiong
PCT General Secretary

Submitted by:Ecumenical Committee
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