Archbishop Justin Welby: The Road to Canterbury

by Andrew Atherstone

Archbishop Justin Welby: The Road to Canterbury
Publication date: 2014-03-10
Number of pages: 160
ISBN: 9780819229120

Provides an understanding of the life and thought of the new global leader of the Anglican Communion.

This biography of the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury traces the story of Justin Welby’s life and ministry from his earliest years to the eve of his enthronement in March, 2013. It examines his conversion to Christianity as a student at Cambridge University; his career in finance in the oil industry; and his meteoric rise through the ranks of the Church of England—as rector in Warwickshire, director of international reconciliation ministry at Coventry Cathedral, dean of Liverpool, and bishop of Durham. It highlights Welby’s passion for evangelism, reconciliation, and risk-taking, which may mark a change of direction for the Anglican Communion.

“Atherstone offers a glimpse of the formative influences in Welby’s call to Augustine’s seat, and the resulting gifts we can expect to see in abundance in coming years: decisiveness, collegiality, and skilled management from the business world; shared mission as the route to reconciliation; the ministry of a servant willing to risk all for life in Christ; and a non-tribal identity that is radically free to consort with any and all in the search for reconciliation. We should not be surprised at this Archbishop’s offer of any risky and courageous initiative toward the dream of God.” —The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop, The Episcopal Church

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