Godfrey Noel Vose (23 December 1921 – 2 May 2016) was a Western Australian Baptist minister, the founding principal of Vose Seminary (formerly the Baptist Theological College of Western Australia) and the only Australian appointed as President of the Baptist World Alliance.
In 1963, Noel Vose became the Principal and sole staff member of the Baptist Theological College of Western Australia, a position that he held until 1991.
In 1985, he became the first and only Australian appointed as President of the Baptist World Alliance, a role that he served in until 1990. Between 1989-1992, Vose led the Baptist World Alliance in theological dialogue with the Mennonite World Conference, marking a renewal of conversations between Baptists and Anabaptists that had ended amicably in approximately 1630.
On 5 June 1990, his wife Heather Vose died unexpectedly during a visit to the United States.
In 2008, the Baptist Theological College of Western Australia was re-named Vose Seminary to honour the significant contributions of both Noel Vose, its founding principal, and his wife Heather Vose.
In 2013, Vose published Mena: Daughter of Obedience, a biography about Filumena Weld, based upon the extensive research of his wife, Heather Vose, who died before it could be written. Heather Vose did however provide the title of the biography.
Noel Vose died on 2 May 2016 in Western Australia. He was 94 years old.
Details of books written by Noel Vose:
|Holy Scripture and Holy Spirit||1983||ISBN 0647190184|
|Focus on faith : a glimpse of Baptist roots||1986|
|If God so loved : studies in John 1||1987||ISBN 0949654272|
|"Mena: Daughter of Obedience"||2013||ISBN 9781742584867||No longer in print|
Awards and Achievements
- "Vale Baptist Statesman Dr Noel Vose (1921-2016)". The Gospel Coalition | Australia. Retrieved 30 December 2019.
- Moore, Richard Kingsley; Australia, Baptist Historical Society of Western (2010). Noel Vose : pastor, principal, president. Perth [W.A.] : Baptist Historical Society of Western Australia. ISBN 978-0-9805732-3-7.
- "On the shoulders of giants: A tribute to Noel Vose". Brian Harris. 2016-05-05. Retrieved 2019-12-30.
- Chapman, Matt, ed. (June 2016). "Noel Vose – a tribute" (PDF). The Advocate. Perth: Baptist Churches Western Australia.
- Vose, Noel (2013). Mena : daughter of obedience (Paperback ed.). Crawley, W.A. : UWA Publishing. ISBN 978-1-74258-486-7.
- "Former BWA president Noel Vose has died". Baptist World Alliance. 2 May 2016. Retrieved 31 December 2019.