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Theologian J.I. Packer awarded the Saint Cuthbert’s Cross at the 2014 Provincial Assembly


The Rev. Dr. J.I. Packer has been awarded the Saint Cuthbert’s Cross at the Provincial Assembly of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), a gathering attended by over 900 delegates and guests in Latrobe, PA.

The Saint Cuthbert’s Cross was presented on Friday, June 27, 2014, by retiring ACNA Archbishop Robert Duncan “with immense gratitude, appreciation and affection” for Dr. Packer’s “unparalleled contribution to Anglican and global Christianity.”  His most recent contribution has been to serve on the ACNA’s Liturgy and Common Worship Talk Force, which produced the Texts for Common Prayer and the Ordinal of the Anglican Church in North America.

Born on June 22, 1926, in Gloucester, England, Dr. Packer received his Bachelor of Arts (1948), Master of Arts (1954), and Doctor of Philosophy (1954) from Corpus Christi College at Oxford University.  He studied theology at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford and was ordained deacon (1952) and priest (1953).

Dr. Packer first book, Fundamentalism and the Word of God, was published in 1958. His best-known work, Knowing God, was published in 1973. Combined, his books have sold over three million copies.  He is the founder of the International Council on Biblical Inerrancy (ICBI) and was appointed the first Sangwoo Youtong Chee Professor of Theology at Regent College, Vancouver, BC, and was named the Regent College Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology in 1996. 

In addition, Dr. Packer served as General Editor of the English Standard Version (ESV) of the Bible and as Theological Editor of the ESV Study Bible.

NOTE: Dr. Packer’s teaching at Assembly 2014 is available for free viewing online here.