Credit: Justin Welby, The Archbishop of Canterbury
The Rt Revd Christopher Hill, King’s alumnus and lay member of the College Council, has been awarded with the Lambeth Doctor of Divinity by the Archbishop of Canterbury, in recognition of his ‘long and distinguished ministry, focused in serving the ecumenical commitment of the Church of England.’
The honorary degree was conferred upon him by Archbishop Justin Welby in a ceremony at Lambeth Palace in January in recognition of his significant contribution to the life of the Church over many years. The Archbishop praised his contributions and said that Bishop Christopher was ‘renowned for the quality of his mind as well as the graciousness of his spirit.’
Bishop Christopher Hill was appointed to the College Council in 2009 and currently serves on the Honorary Degrees Committee. Last year, he retired from the position of Bishop of Guildford, a role he had held since 2004. He has also been Clerk of the Closet in the Ecclesiastical Household of the Queen since 2005 and was Chaplain to the Queen between 1987 and 1996.
Bishop Hill served at Lambeth Palace for 15 years in ecumenical relations – first under Archbishop Michael Ramsay, followed by Donald Coggan and then Robert Runcie. The Archbishop said: ‘The conversations and commissions that flowered during this period are a testimony in part to his fruitful work, both behind the scenes and in formal participation.’
As Bishop of Guildford, The Rt Revd Christopher Hill continued to extend hospitality to ecumenical guests and contributed internationally on the Church of England’s Council for Unity, in the Bishop’s Europe Group and on the Conference of European Churches.
Bishop Christopher’s academic contributions which include the co-editing of Anglicans and Roman Catholics: the Search for Unity and Anglican Orders: the documents in the case were also praised by the Archbishop as ‘remarkable’, particularly as they had been undertaken alongside his considerable ministerial responsibilities.