BAY ROBERTS, N.L.
Burton K. Janes knew Pentecostal Pastors Claude and Annie Young for a long time, first through his parents and later on in his own work as an ordained pastor for 30 years.
While working as an editor for the Pentecostal Assemblies of Newfoundland and Labrador’s (PAONL) official publication, we would often accept autobiographical submissions from Claude for publication.
“Even then, he wanted to write his life story,” Janes told The Compass. “I encouraged him in his determination. However, that book never materialized.”
Claude and Annie both died in 2007, and Janes has recently managed to help realize Claude’s dream by completing a new book on the couple. Faith and Courage in Action: Life Stories of Pastors Claude and Annie Young is over 300 pages. The couple’s family commissioned Janes to write it.
Janes first knew Claude and Annie through his own parents, Eva and Eric Janes, who were also pastors with the church. Annie was originally from Victoria in Conception Bay North, and the couple pastored with the church in Bay Roberts. In their later years, Claude and Annie lived in Clarke’s Beach.
In preparing the book, Janes was granted access to Claude’s diary. This, along with other documents, would prove essential to the book’s completion, he told The Compass.
“The Young family lent it to me and it became a vital part of the research for this book,” he said. “While working at the PAONL headquarters in St. John’s, I came across a treasure trove of primary documents pertaining to the Youngs, primarily correspondence, as well as the logbook of a vessel on which Claude travelled in the late 1940s and early 1950s. This book would be far different without those sources.”
Janes has written over a dozen books since completing his first in the early 1980s (eight of those are part of a series exploring the history of churches). He expects the book will first and foremost interest the extended Young family, but Janes also believes it may broadly appeal to those with an interest in Newfoundland Pentecostal history.
“No doubt it will capture the attention of those who enjoy reading biographies of individuals who left their mark.”