Sunday, February 12, 2012



Colin and his wife, Julia, have four children and five grandchildren. Their oldest son, Ivan, has three children, Amy, Thomas and Jonathan. Their oldest daughter, also named Julia, has two children, Charlotte and Rhys.

Previous Ministry:
Colin has a total of more than 48 years in ministry which includes:
Over 19 years pastoral experience with Assemblies of God both in England (some of this time concurrent with Bible College teaching) and in the United States. During the period in the United States (1993-1995) he established a Spanish language ministry in the prison in Huntsville, Texas.

Colin and Julia were involved in five years of missionary service in West Malaysia from 1978 to 1983 during which period Colin was involved in church planting in the states of Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang, as well as extensive itinerant teaching throughout Malaysia and other countries in Asia. For two years he was a member of the Executive Council of Malaysian Assemblies of God, acting as Eastern Division Supervisor. More recently the Hurts served a further eight years as missionaries in Malaysia from 1995-2003. Most of this time was spent in Bible College lecturing and conducting leadership seminars.

Colin and Julia were the last couple to be granted a missionary visa to work in Malaysia. In 1983 their visa was withdrawn and they had to return to England. As a result nine years were spent teaching as a full time faculty member in the Assemblies of God Bible College in Mattersey Hall, England (1983-1988, 1990-1994). Subjects taught were: Missions, Romans, Luke, Acts, Hebrews, Prayer and Spiritual Warfare, Homiletics, Hermeneutics, Evangelism, Eschatology, World Religions and the Cults. During this period Colin was responsible for evangelistic outreach by the students into the surrounding towns and villages. He was also responsible for assessing the preaching ability of the students. Colin and Julia also led teams of students on missions trips to Belgium and Malaysia.

He has also been involved in itinerant teaching ministry, visiting the following countries: Belgium, Germany, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, Mexico, Belize, Colombia, Cambodia, Myanmar, Venezuela and China. In 1998 Colin and Julia set up a Church Planting Institute in Cambodia which continues to the present time, producing graduates who have established over 300 churches in all the provinces of Cambodia. His emphasis has been on training leaders and potential leaders with teaching emphasis being on church planting, pastoral care and pastoral counselling.

For five years the Hurts pastored a church in Aberaman, South Wales. On 8th June, 2008 they resigned from the church to prepare to return full time to missions.

Colin is also on the board of both Asia Pacific Seminary and Network Bible Translators.

Present Ministry:
In January 2009 Colin and Julia returned to Malaysia where the first half of each year is spent in Bible teaching throughout Asia. The second half of each year is spent in the USA and Latin America.

The main objectives of their ministry is:
1. To be in the right place, at the right time, with the right word.
2. To prepare God’s people for the harvest.
3. To train leaders for the harvest.
4. To prepare the bride for the wedding (Rev.19:7)

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