A vibrant and diverse evangelical Christian community.

‘And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight’  Philippians 1:19

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Cranmer Hall, St John’s College,

3 South Bailey, Durham DH1 3RJ

Vision and Values

Cranmer Hall is a living and dynamic community of faith.

We seek to engage with God – and serve the Church and the world – in ways that are constantly developing but consistently rooted in our historic values and identity.

As such we seek to be a vibrant and diverse evangelical Christian community which provides a warm and hospitable home for men and women across the breadth of the church.

Cranmer Hall seeks to offer the best of the evangelical tradition to the whole church and we believe that our diversity is a strength to the church at this time. Here is security without defensiveness but with depth, beauty, fellowship and grace.

As we have reflected on our life together we find that there are five values that are key to our life together.

We value:



We are rooted in Christ. We are rooted in the Scriptures. We are rooted in the Church. We are rooted in the North. All of these things make us who we are.



We are linked to the best theology department in the country and believe in excellence. This does not mean hot housing everyone in a purely academic world, but rather helping each student to achieve their potential under God. We believe in you because He made you and is calling you.



We cannot do this alone. It is as we worship together, live together, and learn together that we are formed in the likeness of Christ as He graciously engages with us together and individually.



We are very open about the fact that we could do the best job in the world, humanly speaking, but unless we encounter the living God we will achieve nothing. Unless the Lord builds the house the labourers labour in vain.

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“It's not about here”

Our fifth value is one we cannot compress into a single word, reflecting the fact that training for ministry cannot be squeezed into a neat formula or contained in one place. Cranmer Hall is not ultimately about Cranmer Hall. We’re not seeking to build an empire but to release ministry in the whole church. Our focus is upward and outward, our community is sustaining, our passion is Christ.

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