14 July 2011
Julian Hubbard, Archdeacon of Oxford and Canon of Christ Church,
Oxford since 2005, is to be the Archbishops' Council's new Director
of Ministry. He succeeds the Ven Christopher Lowson, who will
become Bishop of Lincoln in September 2011.
Julian Hubbard's responsibilities will include acting as the
principal adviser to the Archbishops' Council, the House of Bishops
and the Ministry Council on all ordained and licensed lay ministry
issues. He will also help shape ministry for the needs of the
Church in the 21st century, including by promoting more
vocations - particularly of younger people to full-time ordained
ministry - and by seeking to ensure that a mission focus is at the
heart of the Church's approach to ministry.
Julian Hubbard studied Classics at Emmanuel College, Cambridge
and went on to Wycliffe Hall, Oxford for ordination training, where
he took the University degree in Theology.
Following a curacy at St Dionis Church, Fulham, from 1981 to
1984, Julian Hubbard was a tutor at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford and
chaplain at Jesus College in the University, from 1984 to
1989. This was followed by four years at Church House,
Westminster within the Advisory Council for the Church's
Ministry/Advisory Board of Ministry (the predecessors to Ministry
Division), including two as Senior Selection Secretary, responsible
for the national selection system for clergy. He became vicar of St
Thomas on The Bourne, Farnham in Surrey, from 1993 to 1999.
He then served as Director of Ministerial Training for the
Diocese of Guildford to 2005 where he was also a residentiary canon
of the Cathedral, before moving to Oxford diocese.
He said: "I look forward to the challenges and
opportunities which come with my new role and to working together
with colleagues across the Church of England. I hope to play a part
in giving a sense of confidence and purpose during a time of change
to all involved in ministry in the church."
The Rt Revd Graham James, Bishop of Norwich and Chair of the
Ministry Council, said: "Julian Hubbard combines a fine theological
mind and a pastor's heart. His wide experience in the ordained
ministry and his strategic wisdom means we are fortunate to have
secured him as the next Director of the Ministry Division."
Julian Hubbard will take up the position in the autumn.
The principal responsibilities of the Director of Ministry are
- act as the principal adviser to the Archbishops' Council, the
House of Bishops and the Ministry Council on all ordained and
licensed lay ministry issues;
- help shape ministry for the needs of the Church in the twenty
first century, including by promoting more vocations- particularly
of younger people to full time ordained ministry- and by seeking to
ensure that a mission focus is at the heart of the Church's
approach to ministry;
- lead the Ministry Division's contribution to the Archbishops'
Council work on 'Re-Imagining Ministry' as part of the Council's
objectives for the next quinquennium;
- deliver an effective range of services in relation to bishops'
selection conferences, the support of those being trained and the
deployment of ordinands;
- encourage excellence in theological education through the
Quality Assurance processes applied to theological
- ensure that the funding arrangements for ordination training
meet the needs of the Church in changing circumstances;
- work with the Human Resources Division to continue the
implementation of and monitoring of Common Tenure;
- nurture more effective ministry among deaf and disabled
- act as a champion for Reader and other accredited lay
- lead a well motivated and high performing team.