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12th November 2006
Mark Russell, Reader and Youngest ever Church Army Chief Executive Commissioned by Archbishop of Canterbury
Mark Russell, admitted and licensed as a Reader in 2002, has been commissioned by the Archbishop of Canterbury as Chief Executive Officer for the Church Army.
A packed congregation at St Michael's Church, Chester Square in London, with representatives from across the Anglican Communion, heard the Archbishop commission Mark with a request that God would stir up in him the gifts of God's grace and be enflamed by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Mark Russell becomes only the eighth man to hold the office of Chief Executive of Church Army since it was founded by Revd Wilson Carlile in 1882 and the first person to hold the office who is neither ordained nor a Church Army Officer. He is a highly regarded member of Archbishops Council and General Synod of the Church of England who brings dynamism and a fresh perspective to the role as head of the UK's leading home mission agency having spent the previous 9 years as a youth minister.

Mark succeeds Captain Philip Johanson OBE who has gone on to Head up Church Army International in the newly created post of International Secretary.

The full story is available on the Church Army website (follow the link below), as well as an interview with Mark in the Autumn 2006 issue of The Reader magazine.
Contact name David Coleman (Communications Manager - Church Army)


  • The Oxford LLM Conference took place over the weekend (9th-11th June), attended by over 100 LLMs, the Bishop Andrew Proud of Reading (warden) and Phillip Tovey (deputy warden) among others.
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