Tribute to Reverend David Stansbury

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May 29, 2020
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May 29, 2020

Tribute to Reverend David Stansbury

It is a tremendous privilege for me to say a few words about Father David but it is terribly sad that it
has to happen within the context of him leaving us. David came to us from Holy Trinity in Port Elizabeth
towards the end of 2016 and was installed in the St Andrew’s Chapel by Bishop Ebenezer as the 29th Chaplain
of St Andrew’s College at the beginning of November.David made an impact on us all from the start: his energy,
his sense of humour, his warmth and his genuine care for all in his charge became evident immediately.

He threw himself headlong into his new role and got involved in a myriad of activities so that he could get to
know the boys and be a part of their everyday lives. During his time here, Father David has coached cricket, rugby
and hockey, and has always been one of the boys’ most loyal supporters. His love of sport became a real point
of connection between him and the boys and of course his passion for football in particular. When Tottenham
is winning, all is well with the world – and of course the endless jibes when Tottenham loses have become a part
of life during Chapel and Chaplain’s Periods. David has always found a way to incorporate sport into his sermons
as a way to make them more relatable for the boys, and they have enjoyed the more lively expression of worship
that David has brought to the Chapel.

David has been an incredible source of comfort, not only to the boys but to the staff as well. He is patient and has
always been willing to lend a listening ear. One always has the sense that if David is in your corner, you have a
fighting chance. He approaches all things with passion and determination and once he has gotten hold of a
mission, he pursues it doggedly.

David has initiated many wonderful things during his time at College: Bible studies in each of the boarding houses,
a vibrant and growing SCA, a very active and committed staff home group, regular prayer meetings with various
groups of staff and boys and he has provided wonderful mentorship to his group of Chapel Portfolio Prefects. He
has provided much comfort to the College Grounds and Buildings Staff and has also run Bible studies and prayer
meetings with them on a regular basis, which has been appreciated very much.

David is very committed to social justice and always supports the underdog. He is keenly sensitized to the
needs of others and is very supportive of all those in need– whatever the need may be. It has to be said that David
always strives to represent God in a manner that points us towards the love of Christ. He preaches an uncomplicated
Gospel that allows people from all walks of life to engage with it and appreciate its beauty.

Father David’s time at College has come at a cost to him. He left his wife, Lindy, daughter, Candice and son, Jarryd,
in PE during the week while serving this community so very lovingly. We truly do appreciate Father David’s
commitment to College over the years and I am sure that he will not miss the many trips up and down the N2.

David’s boundless energy is best expressed in his gait. He is not a large human but when striding around campus, he
is easily identified by an energetic bob. David, we shall miss you very much. You are a larger than life character on campus and your compassion and humanity has made an incredible impact on the lives of all those you
have interacted with. You have led College through some of its very toughest challenges in our recent past and you
have been a wonderful source of comfort, wisdom and love. Lindy, thank you for lending us your husband and
we cannot imagine how much you must have missed him while he was here in Grahamstown. Thank you for your
generosity of spirit and for your deep love and support of David. We appreciate you, Candice and Jarryd very much
and we pray God’s blessing over you all. David, we know that parish life is your passion and serving a diverse community feeds you.

We wish you well as you, Lindy, Candice and Jarryd embrace this new season in your lives and we thank you for all that you have done and what you have meant to us.

Sovereign Lord, thank you for your servant, David and for all that he has meant to the St Andrew’s community. We
thank you for bringing him to us and for the wonderful manner in which you have blessed us through his ministry.
We thank you for his energy, kindness, love and wisdom and we know that the next season of his life will be
wonderfully blessed. We thank you for Lindy, Candice and Jarryd and for their generosity in lending David to us for
this time. We know that in all things there is a purpose and that it has been your purpose for him to be with us over
the past few years. We pray that you will lead David and his family in this new season of their lives and that they may
enjoy being able to be together more intentionally. We pray that you would fill David with wisdom and peace as
he steps into his new role and we trust that as he commits his way to you, that you will lead him in all things. Amen.

I would like to conclude by praying ‘A Scottish Blessing’ over Father David and the Stansbury family:

May the blessing of light be on you, light without and light within.
May the blessed sunlight shine on you like a great peat fire, so that stranger and friend may
come and warm himself at it.
And may light shine out of the two eyes of you, like a candle set in the window of a house, bidding the wanderer come in out of the storm.
And may the blessing of the rain be on you, may it beat upon your spirit and wash it fair and clean, and leave there a shining pool where the blue of Heaven shines, and sometimes a star.
And may the blessing of the earth be on you, soft under your feet as you pass along the roads, soft under you as you lie out on it, tired at the end the of day;
May you be blessed now as you leave this place you have loved so well and go on your way.

May the Lord bless you, and bless you kindly.
Amen.