David Brown

Revered theologian Dr Michael Green dies

Tributes have been paid to the theologian Dr Michael Green who died on Wednesday.

Dr Green, who was a distinguished lecturer in evangelism and apologetics at Wycliffe Hall, passed away at a hospital in Oxford, surrounded by members of his family.

In a statement, the Bible college said: "It is with great sadness that I pass on the news that Michael Green went to be with the Lord yesterday at around 3pm at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.


"His passing was peaceful and he was surrounded by Rosemary and his immediate family."

Dr Michael (pictured with his wife Rosemary) had previously advised the Archbishops of Canterbury and York during the 1990s for the Springboard Decade of Evangelism - which encouraged people to spread the gospel.


In a statement posted on his website, the evangelist Canon J.John described Dr Michael as a "profoundly wise man" who had a "hunger for God".


He added: "He loved sharing the faith and had a remarkable enthusiasm for evangelism that age did not dim.


"His passion for witness put him at odds with those who preferred their Christianity to be neither shaken nor stirred but he didn't care."

Dr Michael served as principal of St John's Bible College in Nottingham during the early 1970s, before becoming the rector of St Aldate's Church in Oxford.


A retired vicar from Cornwall, Kevin Francis described the mentorship he received from Dr Michael as playing an "instrumental" role in his life.

Rev Francis first met Dr Michael during the 1970s while he was working in the hotel and catering industries.


He added: "Michael suggested that what I need to do was concentrate on my catering and then use the gifts and the skills [I learned] there.

"From there, I used many of my catering skills in urban ministry."

Click here to listen to Premier's Alex Williams speaking with Rev Francis:

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