Churches Together in England is represented by Presidents from the major traditions of our Member Churches. There are six Presidents of Churches Together in England, who each sign a Covenant which describes their commitment to each other and to the churches in England.
CTE’s Presidents meet regularly and liaise on a wide variety of issues of common interest and concern. In the past, they have visited the Holy Land together. Their meetings are facilitated by Paul Goodliff, General Secretary of CTE.
Archbishop Justin Welby
The Archbishop of Canterbury
The Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby became the Archbishop of Canterbury in 2013. He was previously Bishop of Durham, Dean of Liverpool Cathedral and a Canon of Coventry Cathedral, where he worked extensively in the field of reconciliation.
Before he began training for ministry in 1989, Archbishop Justin worked in the oil industry for 11 years – five in Paris and six in London.
Archbishop Justin has three main priorities for his ministry – Evangelism and Witness; Prayer and the Renewal of Religious life; and Reconciliation. He is a member of the High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation for the United Nations. He is the author of Reimagining Britain and Dethroning Mammon, both published by Bloomsbury.
Archbishop Justin is married to Caroline and they have five children.
Bishop Tedroy Powell
CTE Pentecostal and Charismatic President, and National Overseer of the Church of God of Prophecy UK
Bishop Tedroy Powell was appointed as National Overseer of the Church of God of Prophecy UK in 2017. He has also been Senior Pastor of the House of Bread Church of God of Prophecy (COGOP) in London since 1989, and National Overseer for COGOP Belgium and Netherlands since 2004.
Bishop Tedroy’s ministry includes a focus on intentional discipleship and church planting. He has also established a social enterprise, Hillview Community Services, which provides educational support to its community.
Ministry of God’s word and the teaching and development of leaders are also key to Bishop Tedroy’s ministry, including the provision of a range of professional training and development opportunities for pastors, church leaders, management committees and leaders of organisations within parachurch organisations and the voluntary sector.
Bishop Tedroy has been married for over 40 years and has three children.
Read more about the Pentecostal and Charismatic Presidency in their Memorandum of Agreement.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols
The Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster
Cardinal Vincent Nichols is the eleventh Archbishop of Westminster.
Born in Crosby, Liverpool, in 1945, Vincent Nichols studied for the priesthood at the Venerable English College in Rome from 1963 to 1970, gaining licences in philosophy and theology at the Gregorian University. He was ordained priest in Rome in December 1969 for the Archdiocese of Liverpool.
On 21 May 2009 he was installed as the eleventh Archbishop of Westminster, following the retirement of Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor. He was elected President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales by unanimous acclamation on 30 April 2009.
As Archbishop of Westminster, he is also Patron of the Bellarmine Institute. Cardinal Vincent is also patron of a number of Catholic charities, including the Passage and the Cardinal Hume Centre.
His Eminence Archbishop Nikitas
CTE President for the Orthodox Churches, and Archbishop of the Ecumenical Patriarchate (Diocese of Thyateira and Great Britain)
Following his ordination to the priesthood, His Eminence ministered in a range of pastoral and lecturing roles in Indiana, Chicago and San Francisco, as well as Hong Kong and Southeast Asia. Upon his appointment as the Director of the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute (PAOI) in 2007, he was named Metropolitan of the Dardanelles and a Hierarch of the Ecumenical Throne.
Archbishop Nikitas serves the Mother Church in Constantinople in numerous important areas including: Coordinator of the Patriarchal Task Force on Human Trafficking and Modern-day Slavery; Chairman of the Committee on Youth for the Ecumenical Patriarchate; and Co-Chair and Steering Committee member of the Elijah Inter-Faith Foundation. He has also received numerous commendations for his involvement and leadership in interfaith dialogue.
A gifted preacher and teacher, Archbishop Nikitas is fluent in English, Greek (Koine, Katharevousa, and Demotic), and Russian. He also has a working command of Latin, Church Slavonic, and Spanish.
Rev Dr Hugh Osgood
Moderator of the Free Churches Group
Rev Dr Hugh Osgood is a senior UK church leader, accomplished Bible teacher and preacher, and is known for his thoroughness combined with prophetic and practical insights.
Hugh is passionate about equipping fellow leaders and encouraging churches to engage with their communities.
His ministry began in 1965 when he was a youth leader in an Anglican church, and over the past 50 years he has planted churches, gathered leaders and participated in many large-scale stadium events and missions.
In 2015 Hugh was made the Free Churches Group Moderator, and continues to serve in that role. Hugh is married to Marion and they have three children. He holds a PhD in Religious Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University, and originally trained as a dental surgeon.
The Fourth Presidency
Appointed but not currently enacted
The Fourth Presidency has been appointed, but is not currently enacted (see CTE's statement of 22 November 2019).
The Fourth President is nominated by the Church of Scotland (Presbytery of England), the Council of Lutheran Churches, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of England, the Evangelische Synode Deutscher Sprache in Großbritannien (German-Speaking Lutheran, Reformed and United Congregations in Great Britain) and the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers in Britain).