Pastor Fred Roberts passed away on Monday night, November 13, at his home in Hillcrest. Surrounded by his family he went peacefully into the arms of his Saviour. He was 85.
His ministry began in 1954 with his newly-wed wife Nellie. They were married for 63 years and been in the ministry for almost the same number of years.
During his ministry Fred Roberts pioneered churches and inspired many, many young men and women to accept the call of God to go into fulltime ministry.
Fred Roberts founded Durban Christian Centre in 1979 and built the iconic Jesus Dome on a hill overlooking the city.
On June 7, 2016 the Jesus Dome was destroyed by fire, but it could not rub out the legacy of a true general and gentleman of the faith.
Tens of thousands of lives in Africa and overseas have been touched by Fred and his darling wife who died to self to become servants of the Lord Jesus Christ and His saving grace.
The following is tribute by Ron Steele:
Tears of Gold
Many tears were shed when the sad news was received of Pastor Fred’s passing to glory.
But each tear was more precious than the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London
These tears brought grateful memories to the thousands of people around the world who encountered Jesus Christ after hearing Pastor Fred’s impassionate proclamation of the gospel.
Other precious tears recalled to thousands the healing power of God when Pastor Fred laid hands or anointed them with oil and said a simple prayer of faith.
And many wet eyes remind the many widows of the words of comfort they received from Pastor Fred when they stood in despair at the bedside of a departed loved one.
Many are the tears of joy for the many babies blessed and dedicated to the Lord by a beaming Pastor Fred.
Yes, the tears that stain our cheeks are precious because they speak of the love and passion of Pastor Fred. They are like a waterfall of grace for the multitudes whose lives were touched by a man dearly loved.
And don’t forget the many tears that Pastor Fred shed when confronted with the challenges of life and the responsibility of the ministry.
But those tears were wiped away when he was welcomed into the splendour of Heaven and beheld the matchless beauty of his Saviour Jesus.