Annual Clive West Memorial Trust Lecture

Wednesday February 12th 2020


The guest speaker at the 2020 Clive West Memorial Trust Lecture on March 24 will be the Rev Canon Vaughan Roberts (Oxford) on the topic: ‘Fractured Church, Broken World.’

He will be addressing the issue of Christian witness to a world which is hindered by a Church that is equally as fragmented. The lecture takes place in All Saints’ Parish Church, University Street, Belfast.

The Rev Canon Vaughan Roberts is the speaker at the 2020 lecture.

The Clive West Memorial Trust was established in 2016 to remember and celebrate the ministry of Canon Clive West, former rector of the parish of All Saints’, Belfast, (1984-2000) and a canon of St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast.

Amongst its aims is the financial support of those in theological education and training for service of the Church in Ireland. In its short life span, it has raised close to £43,000 and supported six individuals with modest bursaries in their preparation for a lifetime of ministry, to serve churches in Ireland.

The Trust also runs an annual lecture, and since being launched in 2016, the lectures have been attended by more than 500 people, ranging in age and background.

The subjects chosen for the lectures reflect Clive’s ministry interests and priorities. The topics have ranged from the faith at the heart of The Book of Common Prayer, Christianity in a pluralistic world, evangelicalism, and the 16th century reformation with practical application for life as global Anglican Christians in the 21st century.

The Trust has been privileged to have had world-class speakers from across the Anglican Communion to address the lectures. The Rt Rev Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, the retired Bishop of Rochester; the Rev Canon Dr Ashley Null, visiting faculty of the Universities of Cambridge and Durham and a canon of the Diocese of the Carolinas (USA); the Rev Canon Dr Mark Thompson, the Principal of Moore Theological College, Sydney; and the Rev Phillip Jensen, former Dean of Sydney, have been the guest lecturers.

The Trust is grateful for the interest shown in the work of the trust and the support received by these distinguished scholars, pastors, and evangelists. 

Another aspect of the Trust’s work has been the production of resources. The videos of the lectures (to be found on, have been downloaded more than 3,500 times. They have been translated (through subtitle) into Spanish by the Anglican Province of Chile’s seminary and used by them, with other South American churches and congregations from across the Americas benefiting.

The lecture on Tuesday March 24 begins at 7.30pm in All Saints’ Church. It will be introduced by the Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, the Rt Rev Andrew Forster. When an ordinand, Bishop Forster undertook a student placement in All Saints’ Church with Canon West.

Everyone is welcome to attend and booking is not necessary. For further information, contact the Chairman of the Trust, the Rev Trevor Johnston (

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