At the age of 95, Léon Liénard passed away peacefully in the hospital of Tournai. Born on January 31, 1926 in Quaregnon into a Catholic family, he grew up with his grandmother for the first 4 years before being reunited with his parents and brother. The Liénard family was eventually converted to Adventism just before the war through lectures in the building of the Ernest Allardstraat.
After his theological training at Collonges-sous-Salève, France and Newbold College, England, he became a minister in the Bruxelles-Centre congregation in 1952. Shortly after his appointment, he married Esther for the first time, who took Bible courses for many years. As a widower he married Jaqueline Vanheghe. During his career he toured Walloon churches and took part in the construction of two church buildings in Verviers and Nivelles. These were originally houses that had to be converted into churches.
His older brother, Raymond Liénard, also became professionally involved in the church and made this comment about his brother: “I may add that Léon was the last of the ministers to go from door to door to present the gospel to his contemporaries. . Difficult task, and I must salute my brother’s humble perseverance.”
In 1959 he was ordained as a minister, where he remained active until 1989. Ultimately, he served the church for 37 years before retiring. After his retirement, he continued to act as a guest speaker for many years. He eventually passed away on June 2, 2021. He is survived by his wife Jacqueline and two children Mireille and Etienne to whom we thank for the tireless efforts of their husband and father.