‘Your smiles will never be forgotten’


Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

A much-loved church leader from the Port Moresby region, Pastor Barney Jack, died on June 27 from renal failure and associated complications. He was 46 years old.

The church in PNG will miss him in his gifted areas of music and youth ministry.

At the time of his death Pastor Jack had held the position of youth director for the Central Papua Conference (CPC) for just four months. Before that he was a church pastor for many years.

Pastor Andrew Opis, communication director for the PNGUM, reports that Pastor Jack would travel extensively for evangelistic meetings around Papua New Guinea, providing ministry through his beautiful singing voice. “The church in PNG will miss him in his gifted areas of music and youth ministry,” Pastor Opis said.

Descended from the proud Koiari people, famous for their role in assisting the Kokoda campaign in World War II, Pastor Jack was born and raised in Port Moresby. He is survived by his wife Poka, and daughter Christina. His son Daniel died in 2011.

Pastor Jack’s funeral was held at a large United Church building in Port Moresby in order to accommodate the many people, from near and far, who gathered to pay their respects.

“Your smiles and good memories will never be forgotten,” said Pastor Rex Koi, CPC general secretary. “You are unique of the Koiari people because of your compassion and smile that you always have for the people of Central Papua Conference. May you rest in peace and see you in the morning.”