Revd Dr Sam Wells’ lecture from the Clergy Conference
Sam Wells told clergy there were three types of power; the power of silence, the power of words and the power of touch in a moving lecture on the first day of Wakefield Diocese's Clergy Conference called: Equipping the Saints: Clergy identity in mission and ministry
Sam Wells was born in Chatham, Ontario, Canada and grew up in Bristol, England. He was an undergraduate at Merton College, Oxford, attended theological college at New College, Edinburgh, and studied for his Ph.D. at Durham University.
Ordained in 1991, he served Church of England parish appointments for 14 years in Newcastle, Cambridge, and Norwich. He spent 10 years serving parishes in urban priority areas. Most recently, he served for seven years as Canon Dean of Duke University Chapel and in July was inducted as the Vicar of St.Martin-in-the-Fields, London.
Sam is a widely-respected preacher, theologian, spokesperson, and convener of conversations on faith and the common good. He is the author of 17 books, including Praying for England, Be Not Afraid, Improvisation, God’s Companions, Power and Passion, and, most recently, What Anglicans Believe.
His current research concerns healthy and sustainable ways of interacting with and addressing poverty.