Restless revivalist


Arch Hefren walked large across the educational and pastoral scene in Australia and beyond, and lived every one of his 82 years with vigour and restless enthusiasm.

Pastor Hefren spent eight years as a government teacher prior to being recruited into denominational teaching ministry by W J Gilson in 1935. He then spent 16 years as a headmaster, 17 as a lecturer at Avondale, four as an evangelist and five and-a-half as a church pastor—a total of 42 years.

In retirement he taught at Solusi in Zimbabwe and often served as a volunteer pastor or revival speaker in various places, including Samoa. While his wife, Bernie, was calm and wise, Arch was “restless and thrusting” and conversation was never tame in his presence!

Synopsis obtained from: Life Sketch in South Pacific Record, May 17, 1986.