Challenge for New Oak Hill President in Avoiding ‘Good Disagreement’ Trap

Feb 12, 2018 by

by Julian Mann, Virtueonline:

With the leadership of the Church of England increasingly expecting its future ministers to be enthusiastic about theological diversity, the new president of the one distinctively Reformed Anglican training college, Oak Hill in north London, faces a demanding task.

The Revd Jonathan Juckes took up the newly created role of college president last month at the age of 56. This was after the college council decided to appoint a president to work alongside the academic principal following the sudden death last year of former principal Dr Michael Ovey (1958-2017).

Mr Juckes served in a parish on the outskirts of Hull in the north of England for 19 years and served on the Oak Hill council for 18 years. According to informed sources, he was an outstanding parish minister applying evangelical principles in a manner that, under God, enabled the local church of St Andrew’s Kirk Ella to grow numerically and in Christian commitment.

Oak Hill’s official announcement of Mr Juckes’s appointment could be described as vague about the exact nature of the president’s role. Bordering on management speak, it said he would be joining the acting principal and the current leadership of the college ‘to bring additional strategic vision, an energised partnership across the evangelical and wider community, and an entrepreneurial approach to considering how we best enhance our formation of men and women preparing for a lifetime of ministry and mission leadership in Britain and around the world’.

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