The Archbishop of York, Dr. John Sentamu, to speak at Refresh 2009
Wednesday November 12th, 2008
The Archbishop of York, Dr. John Sentamu
The Archbishop of York, Dr. John Sentamu will be speaking at Wycliffe’s annual Refresh Conference next May. Dr. Sentamu is the 97th Archbishop of York and he is the second most senior cleric in the Church of England, after the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Dr. John Sentamu was born in Uganda in 1949. Encouraged in his education by English missionaries and teachers, he graduated in law from Makerere University, Kampala and is an Advocate of the High Court of Uganda. He practised Law both at the Bar and at the Bench before he came to the UK in 1974.
He read theology at Selwyn College Cambridge where he gained a Masters Degree and a Doctorate. He trained for ordination at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, then part of the Cambridge Federation of Theological Colleges. Following his ordination in 1979 he served as Assistant Chaplain at Selwyn College, Cambridge.
He was appointed Bishop for Stepney in 1996, Bishop for Birmingham in 2002 and Archbishop of York in 2005. He is Primate of England and Metropolitan, a member of the House of Lords and a Privy Councillor.
Dr. Sentamu completed a charity skydive from 12,500 feet with a member of the Red Devils parachute team. The dive took place over Langar Airfield in Nottinghamshire, with Dr Sentamu aiming to raise £50,000 for the Afghanistan Trust (a charity that supports the families of paratroopers from who have been wounded or killed while serving in Afghanistan).
A video of the Archbishop’s parachute jump can be viewed at the BBC’s website.