History & funding
The Centre’s history was born out of the 2001 disturbances, the 2001 census findings, 9/11 and 7/7 events. The Church of England nationally encouraged local dioceses to engage with what became known as Presence and Engagement (see 2005 GS1577). In 2008 the Anglican communion published ‘Generous Love’ and in 2010-11 this was followed by further General Synod debate and endorsement with new papers ‘Sharing the Gospel of Salvation’ (GS956) and ‘Generous Love for All’ (GS1838). In Leicester, the Bishop took all this to heart and put local support behind creating a P & E Centre. A new idea in 2004, became a task group in 2005, which formally became the St Philip’s Centre at the beginning of 2006. Since those earliest days the Centre’s work has much expanded.’
The Centre’s first director was Revd Dr Andrew Wingate. On his retirement in 2010, Revd Dr John Hall arrived from a post in Coventry to take on the position until his own retirement in November 2014.
In September 2015, Revd Dr Tom Wilson became our third Director. Tom’s previous role was as Vicar of St James and Christ Church in the Diocese of Gloucester.
St Philip’s Centre is grateful for the funding and support it has received from
The Anglican Diocese of Leicester
The Baptist Union
Council for World Mission
Northampton District of the Methodist Church
The Laing Trust
Leicester City Council
The Teape Trust
NC Bellefontaine Charitable Trust
Near Neighbours (Dept. for Communities & Local Government)
St Philip’s Centre Ambassadors’ Scheme:
We are also grateful for the support of individuals and organisations who support us financially and who join as Ambassadors, which helps to further the work of the Centre.