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John Mumford is appointed Honorary Canon of Coventry Cathedral « Stour Valley Vineyard
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John Mumford will be appointed as an Honorary Canon of Coventry Cathedral on Sunday 6th May. He will be the Cathedral’s new Canon Theologian and will be installed at Choral Evensong (4.00 pm) and will preach at the Cathedral Praise Service (6.30 pm).

John Mumford is the National Director of Vineyard Churches in the UK and Ireland. He studied theology at St. Andrews and at Cambridge and John was ordained in Salisbury Cathedral in 1977, and served his title at Canford Magna, Dorset, before joining the staff of St Michael’s Chester Square, Belgravia, London. In 1987, John and his wife Eleanor planted and led the South West London Vineyard church until 2008 when they handed over the leadership of the church in order to concentrate more upon the oversight and development of the Vineyard movement, both nationally and internationally.

The appointment of Canon Theologian is made by the Bishop of Coventry. Bishop Christopher writes:

“John Mumford has led the Vineyard in the UK and Ireland with great dedication and wide vision since its foundation. He built the Vineyard into a dynamic presence within British and Irish Christianity and shaped it into a movement of blessing for all the churches. I am especially glad to be able to mark John’s contributions to the Church of England first through his early ministry within it and, then, through his ministry to it through the Vineyard’s influence on many of our parishes and people, not least in the Diocese of Coventry itself.”

Upon his appointment, John Mumford writes:

“I am overwhelmingly honoured to have been invited by the Bishop of Coventry to become an Honorary ‘Canon Theologian’ of his Cathedral. Having first been ordained in the equally magnificent Salisbury Cathedral, I have since been privileged to serve the Vineyard movement for the last 25 years, and continue to do so. This honorary position does much to mark the mutual respect and unity that the Anglican church and the Vineyard movement have long enjoyed. Together, we are all seeking to serve God, to preach the gospel to this land and to deepen our theological understandings, with each of us complementing the other and serving in our own unique ways. I greatly look forward to serving the Diocese and the Cathedral and with the Anglican family in any way I can, alongside my national and international duties with the Vineyard movement.”

The Dean of Coventry, The Very Rev. John Irvine:

“We are very pleased to welcome John Mumford as our new Canon Theologian. This is an wonderful time to join the Cathedral in a year where Coventry is to welcome so many new people to the city; Canon Mumford will be helping us to communicate the Gospel in this exciting year, in ways that are faithful to the Scriptures and to the tradition, and that will speak to people today. We are really looking forward to work with John.”


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