Canon Michael Green has died: An evangelical giant has fallen

Feb 8, 2019 by

by David Virtue and Chris Sugden, VOL:

Canon Michael Green was still preaching the gospel to students in his late 80’s. In February 2018, he was the main speaker at Mission events at the Universities of Lancaster and East Anglia. He was a remarkable man, whose contribution to world mission, and particularly Anglican evangelicalism, ranks alongside that of David Watson, Dick Lucas, Jim Packer, even John Stott.

Canon Michael Green died peacefully on February 6th in Oxford after a short period of hospitalization in Oxford, at the age of 88, writes Chris Sugden, a close friend and Oxford resident where canon Green lived a large portion of his life.

“In many ways Oxford was Michael’s city. He studied at Exeter College where he was President of the Oxford Inter-Collegiate Christian Union, and married Rosemary, the lady vice-president. They went on to have four children. In the evangelistic ministry for which he was renowned he was a frequent speaker at the OICCU and led some of its University Missions. His book “Choose Freedom” became a standard evangelistic book for its time and was followed by others published by his good friend Edward England at Hodder and Stoughton.

“He did ordination training at Ridley Hall Cambridge where he also completed a post-graduate degree in New Testament studies on salvation. Following a curacy at Holy Trinity Eastbourne he began a long association from 1960-75 with the London College of Divinity, then in Northwood, Middlesex, first as lecturer, and then as principal ‘when he was not yet forty’, according to the college’s publicity.

“It was the era when theological colleges were encouraged to make links with universities, so Michael oversaw the move from Northwood to Nottingham where LCD became St John’s College Nottingham.

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