Rev Canon Dr Michael Green

b. 1930 – d. 2019

The distinguished author, evangelist, lecturer and former rector of St Aldate’s Church, Oxford, The Rev Canon Dr Michael Green, died yesterday. An Honorary Fellow of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, Dr Green authored more than fifty books, including When God Breaks In, Jesus for Sceptics and In Touch With God, which was the Archbishop of York’s Advent book for 2017.

Dr Green took up his curacy at Holy Trinity, Eastborne in 1957 and was a lecturer at the London College of Divinity from 1960-69. A long and illustrious academic career followed and, as a member of the Doctrine Commission and Archbishops’ Advisor in evangelism, he was an influential voice, both in the Church of England and further afield.

Serving at St Aldate’s Oxford and later at Holy Trinity, Raleigh in North Carolina, Dr Green spoke of his role as an evangelical cleric “[being] in the trenches, getting my hands and feet wet, proclaiming the gospel and seeing lives change.”

The Rt Revd. Dr Steven Croft, the Bishop of Oxford, said this morning; “Michael was a giant of his generation, known and loved by many around the world and an evangelist to the last. He inspired and encouraged several generations of clergy and bishops – including me. I first heard him preach on my first Sunday as an undergraduate in St. Aldate’s over 40 years ago. Michael’s words then were: “I only have one life and I want to live it all for God” have stayed with me through the years. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Rosemary, and the immediate family at this time.

– 7 February 2019


Other tributes

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Posts held by Revd Dr Michael Green

Curate Holy Trinity, Eastbourne 1957-60
Lecturer London College of Divinity 1960-69
Principal St John’s College, Nottingham 1969-75
Canon Theologian Coventry 1970-75
Member of Doctrine Commission 1968-77
Rector St Aldate’s Oxford 1975-87
Professor of Evangelism Regent College, Vancouver 1987-92
Archbishops’ Advisor on Evangelism 1992-96
Honorary Fellow Wycliffe Hall 1996-
Rector Holy Trinity, Raleigh in New Carolina 2005-07