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The Commissioning Service for Bute Mills, 2015.


Archbishop Justin Welby is the principal leader of the Church of England, and the Patron of Youthscape.


The Most Rev Justin Welby is the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury. He was educated at Eton and Cambridge, studying history and law before spending 11 years in the oil industry.


Since ordination as Deacon in 1992, he has served as Canon of Coventry Cathedral, Dean of Liverpool and Bishop of Durham before becoming the Archbishop of the See of Canterbury on 4 February 2013. For 20 years, his ministry has blended deep devotion to his parish communities with church work around the world, especially in areas of conflict.

In 2016 Welby began the Community of St Anselm initiative, also known as A Year in God’s Time, inviting young adults aged 20-35 into a year of monastic living at Lambeth Palace, London.

“The most extraordinary group of people… [doing] everything from teaching those who are completely disconnected from the Church about Ignatian spirituality, through to dealing with self harm and all the rest of the issues that come to young people."

Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin WelbyArchbishop of Canterbury

He speaks and writes often on faith, evangelism and social justice and has authored several books including Dethroning Mammon and Reimagining Britain. Justin is married to Caroline, they have two sons and three daughters.


Archbishop Justin continually shows a strong and heartfelt interest in the social, emotional and spiritual welfare of teenagers, and has applauded the vision of ‘hope’ that Youthscape offers to young people.

In November 2015 he commissioned Youthscape’s new Bute Mills hub at a service celebrating the opening of the building. He became the charity’s patron in May 2017. Announcing his new role, he said: "I'm delighted to lend my support to this wonderful organisation, which balances a passion for young people's social and emotional welfare with an understanding and concern for their spiritual health. They do tremendous work both locally and nationally."

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