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From Claygate to Cranmer

Date: 22 December 2016

Vicar of Holy Trinity Claygate, Revd Dr Philip Plyming, has been appointed as the new Warden of Cranmer Hall in St John’s College, Durham University.

Philip, who trained at Cranmer Hall from 1998 to 2001, gaining a first in theology, is expected to take up the post after Easter.

Philip said: “I am so thankful to God for the opportunity to return to Durham to serve as Warden of Cranmer Hall. Theological education is more important now than ever, and I know from personal experience how superbly positioned Cranmer is to offer excellent theological teaching in the context of a prayerful community and diverse opportunities for practical ministry. I look forward to working with the gifted staff team to enable the training of women and men for leadership in the service of Christ in communities throughout the country.”

Philip has been incumbent of Holy Trinity for over 10 years, during which time he contributed to its significant growth and sought to resource other churches in their mission. He is currently also Area Dean of Emly.

Alongside his parish and deanery roles, Philip’s wider ministry has included serving on General Synod since 2009, and recently contributing to the Renewal and Reform project through being part of the Archbishop’s Simplification Task Group.

The President of St John’s Council, Rt Revd James Newcome, the Bishop of Carlisle commented: “Philip Plyming is an outstanding new leader for Cranmer Hall. His work growing a large local church combined with his role at General Synod puts him at the forefront of the Renewal and Reform movement. He will lead us positively into the opportunities provided by Resourcing Ministerial Education but also in the new partnerships we are developing ecumenically.”

The Principal of St John’s College, Revd Professor David Wilkinson added: “I am looking forward immensely to working with Philip in the next stage of Cranmer Hall’s development. Its current strengths in recruitment, theological excellence coupled with missional innovation, and its passionate Anglican identity coupled with work with a wide variety of other church traditions means that it has much to share. Philip is a dynamic and wise leader for Cranmer Hall and the right person for this strategic time in theological education.”

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