Tributes flow for Lloyd McMahon


Melbourne, Victoria

Lloyd McMahon, who provided legal advice to the Seventh-day Adventist Church for many decades, passed away in late March. 

In many ways [Lloyd] knew [the Church] better corporately and legally than we knew ourselves.

“Lloyd made a tremendous contribution from a professional perspective to the life of the Church that very few are aware of,” said Pastor Laurie Evans, president of the South Pacific Division (1998-2007). “In many ways he knew us better corporately and legally than we knew ourselves.

“Lloyd never looked for accolades or recognition from the Church and certainly did not look to profit from his association with it,” continued Pastor Evans. “Nothing was too much trouble for him to follow up for the Church and he was always willing to visit island fields and other areas of the Division to deal with changes in constitutions and complex issues.” 

“He helped significantly with a number of our institutions over time,” agreed Warrick Stokes, Division treasurer, 1995-2000. “But in my view, his contribution was greatest for the Division itself. Our structure was set up in the 1940s. Corporate law had changed tremendously by the 1990s. It left the Church very vulnerable. It was Lloyd [with the help of his son and legal partner Brett] who were able to break through the noise on the issue and credit goes to them for the modernisation of our legal structure.”

Mr McMahon’s impact was also substantial at the conference level. “When I was Victorian Conference president, Lloyd assisted us on a broad range of issues. Often he provided advice free to church leaders and I always greatly valued his advice,” Pastor Calvin Townend said. 

Mr McMahon worked hard to push for adequate child protection procedures in the Church. And he played a central role in establishing Trust Services. With Pastor Wilf Rudge, he visited many churches, outlining to the members the advantages of providing for their families first, while also remembering God’s work when considering how final assets would be distributed. He checked more than 1200 wills per year, and continued doing this up until Christmas 2015. Funds contributed to the work of the Church as a result have been significant.