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The College of Preachers

College of Preachers
The College of Preachers was founded just over 50 years ago by the then Archbishop of York, Donald Coggan. Our present Chair is Bishop Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford. 

Its mission, now as then, is the promotion of excellence in preaching by offering training, advice and support to Christian preachers. Originally it served only the Anglican Church. Now it is ecumenical, open to preachers, ordained and lay, of all denominations. All are welcome whether experienced in the preaching ministry, or new to it.

The College of Preachers is committed to 'forward looking preaching, engaging faithfully with the Bible, directly with the congregation and prophetically with the world, to proclaim Jesus as Lord'. That’s the mission statement!

The College offers services both to members and non-members. There is a team of tutors and they offer training services to dioceses and on-line learning modules to individuals. The College publishes a quarterly magazine, 'The Preacher', for members, containing sample sermons and a variety of feature articles of interest to people who are preaching. Occasional 'festivals of preaching' are held at cathedrals and there is a national conference every two years.

More information can be found on our website

 or from

College of Preachers,

6th Floor,

City Gate East,

Toll House Hill,

Nottingham NG1 5FS

0115 935 2025


Paul Johns, Director

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has been a Patron of The College of Preachers since 2006.