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Archbishop of Canterbury’s new Advisor for Evangelism and Witness

Thursday 27th June 2013

Archbishop Justin is delighted to announce the appointment of the Reverend Canon Chris Russell as his new Advisor for Evangelism and Witness at Lambeth Palace.

The focus of this new role will be to help implement the Archbishop’s priority of the re-evangelisation of England and ensure that evangelism remains central to the Archbishop’s ministry.  

Speaking about his new appointment, the Reverend Canon Chris Russell said:

“I am honoured and thrilled to be invited by Archbishop Justin to serve him in this role as Advisor for Evangelism and Witness. It is my passionate belief that the best thing anyone can possibly do with their lives is follow Jesus Christ, and so it is with great anticipation that I come on board with the Archbishop’s team to serve him as he serves the Church of Jesus Christ. My prayer is that we are all empowered to live the lives of faithful witnesses to Jesus Christ and his revolutionary goodness and love.”

The Reverend Canon Chris Russell will work part time on the Archbishop’s personal staff whilst remaining vicar of St Laurence in Reading town centre where his focus is to work to the mandate of being a multi-generational community, with a particular mission amongst young people.

The Reverend Canon Chris Russell trained for the Ordained Ministry at Ridley Hall during which he also did an M Phil in Dogmatic Theology at Cambridge University. He was ordained in 1996 and served his title post at St John with Holy Trinity Deptford (Southwark), after which he served on staff at Soul Survivor Watford before becoming vicar of St Laurence Reading in 2001. He was made a Canon of Christchurch Cathedral Oxford in 2013 and has written a book, Ten Letters (DLT 2012).

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