We were saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Pastor Alan Sven Ohman (known as Sven) on Sunday 23 August 2020. Sven was born on 18 July 1946 in Northampton to Lennart and Agnes Ohman. He spent his early years in Quebec City, Canada, where his father was planting churches, and where his younger sister, Karin (Edwards) was born. From there the family moved to Sweden and Sven remained there till he was ten when he moved with his mother and sister back to England after the passing of his father. After his school days he went into agriculture until he felt the call of God to the gospel ministry.
So, he and his young family went to Newbold College from where he graduated in 1977 and entered denominational work. He served first as an area Publishing director then as a pastor in various churches in the South England Conference, and later was called to the British Union Conference as Publishing director. He left denominational employment at the end of 1995 and continued in various employments until his retirement in 2014 but continued to work on a casual basis until his passing.
Sven was a larger than life character, known throughout the British Union Conference. He was an ardent student of the book of Revelation and recently completed a series with Adventist Radio London on his favourite topic, 'Jesus, The Heart of Revelation'. To listen to the series, copy this link https://adventistradio.london/podcast/jesus-the-heart-of-revelation-ep1/.
He will be greatly missed in his home church of Kettering where he used his musical gifts on the piano and accordion as well as his teaching and preaching roles. He served the Lord with a passion through the church and through his personal life and witness.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Sven's wife Roma and their children and grandchildren as well as his sister, Karin and the wider family and friends. We now look forward to Christ's soon return and that glorious resurrection day.
The funeral service can be seen here.