The History of Herald of Hope
In 1948 by a group of pastors desired to continue the ministry of Pastor William Lamb of the Burton Street Baptist Tabernacle in Darlinghurst, Sydney.
William Lamb had a long and fruitful ministry majoring on the truth of the return of Jesus Christ. For more than 20 years Pastor Lamb published a prophetic paper entitled, The Advent Herald, which ceased publication about 1940 due to ill health. He also authored many books.
In 1948 Evangelist John Ridley MC, Pastor’s Russell Ecob, Bob Leghorn, Albyn Betteridge and others, formed a committee to establish the Herald of Hope magazine and continue the ministry of William Lamb. John Ridley had been converted through the preaching of William Lamb and Russell Ecob had served as a Deacon at Burton Street Baptist Tabernacle.
After WWI, John Ridley travelled the country areas of NSW as a colporteur promoting books written by William Lamb before becoming Australia’s most outstanding Evangelist. Evangelist Bill Thitchener continued this ministry conducting Bible Prophecy conferences across Australia. The present editorial committee members have continued that ministry. Editorship of the new magazine was held by Pastor Albyn Betteridge, Pastor John Wilson and since 1997 by John R. Ecob DD.
Herald of Hope is a faith ministry and publishes many Gospel tracts, articles, and books on Bible Prophecy and doctrine. These are distributed free of charge and many have been translated into Afrikaans, Chinese, Spanish, Malayalam, Hindi and Telugu languages.
A book of charts and maps has been published under the title, Eternity to Eternity and these are available for power-point presentations
“If we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him… For the Lord himself shall descend from
heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain
shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (1Thess.4:15-18).