Believe in Bolton 2020 Key Speakers

Bishop Jill Duff, Bishop of Lancaster

Gill Duff

Jill Duff (nee Worsley)was born in 1972 in Bolton and was educated at Bolton School. She studied Natural Sciences at Christ's College, Cambridge, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1993, which, as per tradition, was promoted to a Master of Arts (MA Cantab) degree in 1997. She then studied chemistry at Worcester College, Oxford, completing her Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) degree in 1996. Her doctoral thesis was titled "Investigations of redox-coupled proton transfer by iron-sulphur cluster systems in proteins". Her early career was spent working in the oil industry.

Jill trained for ordained ministry at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford and graduated from Wycliffe with a BA degree in theology in 2002. She was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon in 2003 and as a priest in 2004. From 2003 to 2005, Duff served her curacy at St Philip's Church, Litherland in the Diocese of Liverpool. In 2005, she was appointed the first pioneer minister in the Diocese of Liverpool. In that role, she was tasked with planting churches in Liverpool city centre to evangelise to the unchurched in their 20s and 30s.

In 2011, Jill left her church planting role, and was appointed a vocations development advisor in the Diocese of Liverpool and an initial ministerial education (IME) tutor. In 2012, she liaised between St Mellitus College, an Anglican theological college in London, and the Church of England's north west dioceses to create a new theological college in the North West of England. In March 2013, she was appointed the first director of St Mellitus College, North West.

On 13 March 2018, Jill was announced as the next Bishop of Lancaster. She was consecrated a bishop by John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, on 29 June 2018 during a service at York Minster. She was installed as Bishop of Lancaster in July 2018 during as service at Blackburn Cathedral. In 2020, Bishop Jill was a key speaker at the Spring Harvest Home online event.

Jill is married to Jeremy Duff: he is an Anglican priest who is currently the Principal of the St Padarn's Institute and also author of the well-known Greek Textbook, “Elements of the New Testament Greek” and principle of the Church in Wales' theological college. Together they have two sons, called Robbie and Harry.

An invitation from Bishop Jill Duff

Warren Furman (aka “Ace” from Gladiators)

John Sentamu

Warren Furman is best known for his role of Ace on the TV show Gladiators from 1996 to 2000. After leaving school at 16 years old Warren became an apprentice sign maker. He then joined his father’s roofing business before having a go at modelling and bodybuilding. In 1996, Warren beat 60 other hopefuls for a place on Gladiators, and Ace was born. He stayed on the series until 2000 and came back for the revival in 2008. He became a Christian at the age of 47 and now shares his faith journey by works in community projects, schools, prisons, local churches, missions, ministries and alongside the Archbishop of York.

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