Wednesday 1 May sees not only our joyful Patronal Festival, but also the return to St Philip’s of the renowned Reverend Canon Dr Sam Wells, Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields, who will preach at our 7 pm service.
Dr Wells, an internationally recognised author and community advocate, was seconded to St Philip’s as a young ordinand.
Chris Luxton recalls meeting him at the Anglican Mission Agencies’ headquarters, where she was the General Secretary of the Papua New Guinea Church Partnership:
“Michael Forrest (the then Vicar of St Philip’s) sent Sam to spend a day with me to discuss the CoE’s Overseas Mission work. I was really taken with his approach – he had a natural, but gentle authority and I remember thinking ‘this young man will go far!’ I have followed his progress ever since and was delighted when he was appointed to Vicar of St Martin’s.”
Dr Wells began his career as a Curate at St Luke, Wallsend (Newcastle). Before joining St Martin-in-the-Fields, he spent seven years as the Dean Duke Chapel at the University of North Carolina (USA). He has also published 17 books, including works on Christian ethics and collections of sermons. He is married to the Revd Dr Jo Bailey Wells and they have two children.
Want to find out more?
Each year BBC Radio 4 launches the St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal, asking listeners across Britain to raise funds. Find out more here: http://www.stmartin-in-the-fields.org/christmas