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Special Tribute to the late Dr. Raymond H Saxe

 
Dr. Raymond H. Saxe, BA, Th.M, MA, Th.D, D.Miss

December 6, 1922 – January 23, 2017“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,rightly dividing the word of truth.”2 Timothy 2:15Dr. Raymond Hyman Saxe was born December 6, 1922 in Chicago, Illinois, to missionary parents, Israel and Elizabeth Saxe, and spent his childhood in the metropolitan Chicago area. He was an excellent Bible scholar who graduated with honors from Wheaton College in 1944, and subsequently from Dallas Theological Seminary, with highest honors, earning a Th.M. and Th.D. in 1947 and 1954, respectively. To these academic achievements he added a MA from the University of Michigan in 1972 (in Counselling), and in 1993 he earned his second doctorate from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Missiology.

Dr. Saxe arrived in South Africa in 1946 to serve as a missionary with South Africa General Mission (SAGM) in Natal at a place called Mseleni. He later moved to serve as a Bible teacher at Union Bible Institute (UBI). During this time he mastered the Zulu language enabling him to preach and teach the Word in Zulu. Dr Saxe moved to Johannesburg in 1950 and started Johannesburg Bible Institute (JBI) with Night classes in Jabavu on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Bible modules were offered in both English and Zulu. The first graduation of Night School students was in 1951. Dr Saxe returned to the USA, earned his Th.D at Dallas Seminary, got married to Vivian in 1953, recruited Norman Hoyt to join him at Johannesburg Bible Institute, and raised $40,000 to start JBI Day School. As founder and first principal of JBI, he had the privilege to impact many EBC men and women who came to JBI for their training. Many EBC pastors graduated from JBI with a thorough Bible education based on the dispensational view of Scripture with emphasis on the pretribulation,premillennial return of Christ. That foundational education equipped these servants of God to establish EBC as a denomination grounded in dispensational teaching. Marlin Olsen worked closely with Dr Saxe. Olsen headed up the church planting ministry and Saxe directed JBI and the educational ministry. This proved to be an excellent partnership that benefitted EBC greatly. Dr. Saxe, along with his wife,, continued their ministry to South Africa throughout their lives, returning almost yearly from 1970 to 2010. In addition, their overseas ministry included Europe, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, the Philippines, India, Japan, Hong Kong, Mainland China, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

Dr. Saxe’s pastor/teacher ministry in the USA (part-time or full-time) included Crown Point Bible Church in Crown Point, Indiana; Minco Presbyterian Church in Minco, Oklahoma; Immanuel Baptist Church in Bedford, Massachusetts; and Grace Bible Church and Fellowship Bible Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

He taught courses at Dallas Theological Seminary and Dallas Bible Institute, and he was the Director of Missions at Philadelphia College of the Bible. He also served as Academic Dean of the Capital Bible Seminary in Washington, DC. His Bible-teaching ministry has been shared with the Body of Christ worldwide.

Dr. Saxe has authored three books: “The Battle for the Bible,” “Israel’s Future Triumph: An Exposition of Zechariah 12-14,” and “Andrew Murray: Pastor and Spiritual Statesman of South Africa.” He has also contributed articles to numerous Christian periodicals.

Dr. Saxe is recognized as a scholar, theologian, expositor, pastor/teacher and author, but more than anything, he was a man who had a tremendous love for God's Word, and a sincere passion to know Christ and to make Him known to as many as possible. It was this passion, gracious heart and love for people that had a dynamic impact on many all over this world. Those who knew him knew of his deep love and burden for the Jewish people, which was his heritage. He and his dear wife traveled to Israel 22 times, where he led tours and connected with family while there. His family had survived and moved to Israel after the Holocaust.

In addition, many can testify to his love for the people of South Africa. His equipping and edifying ministry was spread widely to include Johannesburg Bible Institute, Evangelical Bible College in Cape Town, Durban Bible College, as well as his regular ministry to Evangelical Bible Churches and the Brethren Assemblies throughout South Africa. He had a reputation for faithful verse-by-verse exposition of the Bible, and proved unsurpassed as a Bible scholar and expositor. Thus, he has left an indelible mark upon many lives – for eternity.

All who knew him, know he was never seen without his loving wife at his side, his Bible in hand ready to give the Word. In a letter to his sons, Dr. Saxe wrote that he and his wife shared a single aim, “which is to glorify God, win souls and helpbelievers grow in grace. This is really all that is worthwhile for us. We hope to die serving the Lord.”

His love for the Word of God and for people did not diminish even in the end. He prayed for the saints (near and far), witnessed to and prayed for the faithful nurses and aides, and he attempted to encourage believers on the phone, assuring them of his love and prayers. Finally on January 23, Dr. Saxe, beloved husband and father, peacefully took his last breath in his son’s home in Carmel, Indiana. His faithful and devoted wife of 63 years was at his side, as she has been nearly every step of his earthly journey. His family joined her as she recited the Scripture, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” John 11:25

He is preceded in death by his parents, Israel Isaac and Elizabeth (Boerman) Saxe, his two sisters, Florence May Caldon and Ruth Esther Bugler, and his son Timothy Israel.

Surviving family include his loving wife of 63 years, Vivian (Brumley) Saxe; sons, Jonathan Mark (Susan), Stephen Joel (Kim) and David James; grandchildren, Sarah (Jordan) Hollen, Jonathan, Benjamin (Jaclyn), Hannah, Josiah, Noah, Kenan and Micah; great grandchildren Lydia, Judah and Selah; and loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

Project TIM (Training Indigenous Missionaries) is a tax-deductible foundation, which was established in memory of their first son, Timothy Israel. Project TIM emphasizes the execution of the indigenous principle of missions. Project TIM is designed to assist Evangelical leaders who, in turn, “shall be able to teach (and reach) others also” (2 Timothy 2:2). EBCOSA pastors and widows of pastors have been helped along with many other Christian leaders beyond EBCOSA. It was a generous contribution from Project Tim that enabled EBCOSA to purchase TEAM’s house in Discovery. EBCOSA is grateful beyond words to Dr Saxe and his family for their generous contribution – spiritually, prayerfully and financially.

A graveside service took place on Jan. 25, 2017 at Mount Emblem Cemetery Elmhurst, Illinois, where an intimate gathering of family and close friends honored the home going of a husband, father and faithful servant.

The Memorial Service in the USA is to take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 at Willis Baptist Church.

This Obituary was compiled by Dr Saxe’s wife and family with additional information supplied by Dr Wilfred Matham, National Council Chairman of EBCOSA