David W. Boorman who died on 7th January from Covid-19 was born near Woking in 1933. Although his family were connected with Knaphill Strict Baptist Church, David traced his conversion to a CU Fresher’s Squash at Cardiff University in 1951. He had only decided to attend because of the free tea on offer, but after hearing Freddie Crittendon speak on Revelation 3:20 he gave his life to Christ and immediately confirmed his commitment by attending the early morning prayer meeting the next day. He progressed to Jesus College, Oxford where he submitted a thesis on Bishop Wren of Norwich. It was because of his interest in the Puritans that he was invited to address the Westminster Conference on four occasions between 1973 and 1987.
Various administrative appointments preceded his eventual role as Academic Registrar and later Bursar of Swansea University. It was during this time that he became a contributor to the Evangelical Magazine and he was Chairman of the Editorial Board for a period. David served as a deacon in Townhill, Ebenezer Swansea and Tabernacle Penclawdd. In retirement he wrote devotional articles and preached in a way that elucidated the Scriptures. His favourite hymn, Immortal honours rest on Jesus’ head, sums up his desire to exalt the Saviour. Although he was a bibliophile, his chief interest in the end was in listening to sermons and services on YouTube from ministers and evangelical churches with which he was familiar.