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New vicar chosen for Alpha Holy Trinity Brompton Church

Holy Trinity Brompton (known as the HTB), the largest church in the Church of England, is due to have a new vicar at the head of its congregation of 4,000.

The former vicar who pioneered his first ‘factory’ outside London – Reverend Canon Archie Coates, 51, currently vicar of St Peter’s Brighton, has been chosen as HTB’s vicar-designate. Canon Coates is expected to become curate in September 2022, succeeding Reverend Nicky Gumbel, 66, who has announced his intention to step down from his post from July 2022. Mr Gumbel has served as curate of HTB since 2005 and has overseen a considerable growth. at the time. His books, including Why Jesus? and matter of lifewere international bestsellers.

HTB is located in Knightsbridge, West London, and has a large, young and diverse congregation including a significant number of students, young people and children. Eleven services are held each Sunday at six venues in South Kensington, Earl’s Court and on the Dalgarno estate in west London.

It is home to the Alpha course, which was founded at HTB and now takes place in more than 30,000 churches of all denominations – including Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, Salvation Army and Pentecostal – in 130 countries across the world.

HTB has also launched a ‘church planting’ ministry in partnership with the dioceses of the Church of England and the Church of Wales. Dozens of churches have been “planted” across London and other cities such as Birmingham, Bournemouth, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Coventry, Derby, Gateshead, Lincoln, Liverpool, Norwich, Nottingham, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Preston , Rochdale, Southampton and Wrexham.

The appointment of Canon Coates as vicar-designate follows an extensive process of discussion and discernment, which considered a range of candidates for the position, and he was the unanimous choice of those involved in the decision, which included the patrons of HTB, the Church Pastoral Aid Society (CPAS), Keble College, Oxford, the Bishop of Kensington (representing the Bishop of London), the two churchwardens of HTB (representing the HTB PCC) as well as trustees representing the organizations associated charities of HTB – Alpha International, the Church Revitalization Trust and St Paul’s Theological Centre. All warmly welcomed the nomination.

It is expected that the formal appointment of Canon Coates as Vicar will take place in September 2022, following Mr Gumbel’s resignation taking effect in July 2022, in accordance with the requirements of the Patronage (Profits) Measure of 1986.

The Reverend Canon John Dunnett, Chief Executive of CPAS, said: “This is a very important appointment and we have no doubt that Archie has the wisdom and leadership experience to take on this role. We send him our warmest congratulations. »

HTB Wardens Angus Winther and Genevieve Mensah said: “We are delighted that Archie has agreed to be HTB’s next Vicar, and we are extremely grateful to our patrons for their wisdom and expertise in guiding us through throughout this process. We look forward to celebrating Nicky and Pippa’s extraordinary ministry at HTB when he steps down in July, and welcoming Archie, his wife Sam and their family to HTB when he takes up his new role in September.

The Most Reverend Graham Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington, said: “I am delighted that Archie has accepted our invitation to become the vicar designate of HTB. He is an exceptional leader and we look forward to welcoming him back to the Diocese of London.

Reverend Canon Richard (Archie) Coates has been Vicar of St Peter’s Brighton since 2009. He was ordained a deacon in 2000 and held his titular office at St Giles and St George’s Church, Ashtead, in the Diocese of Guildford. He then served at Holy Trinity Brompton from 2003 and was appointed Associate Vicar in 2004. When Archie became vicar of St. Peter’s, known as ‘Brighton Cathedral’, it was abandoned and under threat of desecration. Since then it has grown to be home to a thriving congregation with over a thousand attendees each Sunday at five sites in Brighton and St Peter’s has partnered with the Diocese of Chichester and the Diocese of Portsmouth to plant churches in four other towns (Hastings, Portsmouth, Crawley and Bognor Regis). He is an Honorary Canon of Chichester Cathedral and was elected to the General Synod in 2021. He is married to Sam and they have four children.

Reverend Nicholas (Nicky) Gumbel has been curate of Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB) since 2005. He studied law at Trinity College, Cambridge, theology at Oxford and practiced as a solicitor from 1977 to 1983. He joined HTB as curate in 1986 He has written numerous books, including Questions of Life and The Jesus Lifestyle. He pioneered Alpha, an introduction to the Christian faith led by all major Christian denominations in 130 countries. He is married to Pippa, and together they write a commentary on the Bible in a year. They have three children and nine grandchildren.

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