Douglas Andrew Dunlop 1925-2009

DOUGLAS Andrew Dunlop, was born in Rockhampton on April 25, 1925 as the third child of Edwin and MaryAnn Dunlop.

He attended kindergarten class at the Girls Grammar school for his first year of education and then onto the Boys Grammar school.

In 1939, at the age of 14 he gave his life to the Lord. He remembers that he was always following the Lord but this was his public commitment.

Douglas was baptised at the age of 17 at the Rockhampton Baptist Tabernacle and began as a Lay Preacher while still at school.

He preached locally under the guidance of Mr Bert Crowe.

His school headmaster did not understand why he wanted to go into the ministry and said, “When you've preached all the Bible topics in one year, then what will you have to preach about?”

Rev Dunlop told his family that after 60 years of preaching he still hadn't covered everything in the Bible.

Schooling finished at 18 years of age in 1943, when he applied to enter the Baptist Theological College.

He was going to be the youngest student that had entered college.

From 1944-45 he was pastor of the Graceville church, attending college lectures during the week.

In 1945, at the age of 21, he became a full-time student at college, their first ever full time student.

In May 1947, he commenced at Vulture Street church as assistant pastor, with Rev John Knights.

1948 was his final year of college and in June he was appointed to Monto as a home mission pastor.

The final studies were by correspondence. On March 24, 1949, he was ordained at a half yearly assembly in Maryborough.

In 1951 he married local Monto girl, Gladys Kingston in Dec. 1951 and they accepted the call to Blenheim. This beautiful, shy woman became his wife.

The church was later moved into Laidley and their ministry continued for 45 years. From 1957-63 he also took on the oversight of Lanefield Baptist Church which was later moved into Rosewood.

In 1963 the Lord convinced him that a ministry to the aged was needed. He formed a committee to begin an aged home.

This later developed into the complex known as the Karinya Aged Home. He retired in 1996 and began preaching at the Laidley Baptist Community Fellowship when the pastor was not available.

The Last service he preached was on first Sunday of February. He had been a preacher for 66 years.

His last function at church was to celebrate the 60th anniversary of his ordination.

During this time he and his wife raised four children - Heather, Geoffrey, David and Philip.

One of the highlights of his life, however, was the proud arrival of his grandchildren.

The six grandchildren were the joy of his life.

His family was very important to him. When the boys were married and moved from home, he made sure that he was in contact with each one at least weekly.

Rev Dunlop was very much a family man. One of the great joys of his life was the times spent with his family particularly at holiday times like Christmas and Easter.

He is survived by his 94 year old brother David in Canberra.

After the death of his wife 10 years ago from cancer, he also developed that disease.

His family and friends looked after him at home with the wonderful care of the Blue Nurses.

He was called home to be with his Lord on July 22 and a memorial service was held in Laidley.

Looking back on his life, the most outstanding aspect was his faith in God.

He was known as a man of God and a man of His word.

He could be relied on as he knew that he was relying on God.

His motto was to have faith, trust and hope in the Lord.

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