Michael Green

In memory of Michael Green

On Wednesday 6 February Canon Michael Green (1930–2019) died peacefully following ill health. Family from around the world were able to visit him in the days before his passing.

Michael was a passionate supporter of Christian Unions, serving as President of Oxford Inter-Collegiate Christian Union in 1952, and speaking at university mission weeks across six decades. In a distinguished church career, Michael served among other roles as Principal of St John’s College Nottingham, and Rector of St Aldates’ Church, Oxford.

UCCF Director Richard Cunningham said: 'Michael displayed more than a huge heart for the gospel, he also modelled incredible humility considering his impact on the UK church. Many of those serving in ministry today are the direct beneficiaries of his encouragement and investment in the next generation of gospel missioners. He will be greatly missed – not just as a fine theologian and persuasive evangelist, but as a friend and mentor to so many students, staff and Relay workers across the nation and beyond.'

Michael is survived by his wife Rosemary, and by their children Sarah, Jenny, Tim and Jonathan. We pray for them and the whole family in their loss.

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If you would like to give to UCCF in Michael's memory and support ongoing gospel work with students, please click here and select 'Michael Green Memorial Fund'.

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Celebration Service 7 September

Michael's wife Rosemary writes: 

'Michael’s funeral at St. Aldate’s on 2 March was a tremendous occasion.  We think he would have enjoyed it! Full of joy, praise and confidence. We saw that as the event for family and friends to come together to say goodbye to him. There were about 550 of us there, representing nearly every part of his life.

But it also seemed fitting to hold a more public celebration of his life. This will be in Coventry Cathedral, at 11 am on 7 September.

Michael and I had talked last year about such an occasion, and had agreed that the Cathedral of which he had been Canon Theologian would be appropriate. Two days after he died an invitation to hold a memorial service at Coventry Cathedral arrived from the Precentor (whom we first knew when he was a student worshipping with us at St. Aldate’s!). There will be four speakers, each of whom will speak fairly briefly about different aspects of Michael’s life and ministry. Christopher Cocksworth, Bishop of Coventry; Amy Orr-Ewing of RZIM; Graham Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington; Rev. Canon J. John of the Philo Trust. We expect the service to last about 75 minutes, and will be followed by simple refreshments in the Cathedral.

All our offspring and grandchildren bar one (living overseas) expect to be there, with many of them taking part in the music group. I do hope that at least some of you will be able to join us, especially if you could not get to the funeral. I missed seeing many who came on 2 March and hope to do better at Coventry. I aim to be at the main door from 10 am onwards.

Please do spread the word round to any you know who might like to come. Everyone is welcome.

Find out how to get to the Cathedral here.

A number of friends have contributed to a book about his life and ministry, Michael Green by his friends. This will be available at the service.

With all good wishes, Rosemary'

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