Tutorial Patrons 2022 - 23

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

His involvement in fighting injustice, prejudice and racism. He is a famous opponent of Apartheid in South Africa and set forward his objective to promote “a democratic and just society without racial divisions”.

Sue Ryder

Sue Ryder was an exceptional figure of the 20th Century, a woman who dedicated her life to the relief of suffering.

Michelle Obama

Michelle is an American attorney and author who served as the first lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. As First Lady, she chose to speak up for veterans, to stand with single mothers, to fight for the poor, and to advocate for the needy. She continues to advocate for human rights and particularly for education around the world.

Revd Nicky Gumbel

Nicholas Glyn Paul Gumbel (born 1955), known as Nicky Gumbel, is an English Anglican priest and author in the evangelical and charismatic traditions. He is known as the developer of the Alpha Course, a basic introduction to Christianity supported by churches of many Christian traditions.

Joni Eareckson Tada

A diving accident in 1967 left her, then 17, a quadriplegic in a wheelchair.  Joni Eareckson Tada is a passionate advocate for the disabled community, an encouragement and counsel. Her lifelong passion is to bring the Gospel to the world’s one billion people with disabilities.

Mary Slessor

Slessor was 27 when she heard that David Livingstone, the famous missionary and explorer, had died and decided she wanted to follow in his footsteps. Slessor learned Efik and began teaching. Because of her understanding of the native language and her bold personality Slessor gained the trust and acceptance of the locals and was able to spread Christianity while promoting women's rights and protecting native children.

Eric Liddell

At the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris, Liddell refused to run in the heats for his favoured 100 metres because they were held on a Sunday. Instead he competed in the 400 metres held on a weekday, a race that he won. He returned to China in 1925 to serve as a missionary teacher. Aside from two furloughs in Scotland, he remained in China until his death in a Japanese civilian internment camp in 1945.

Archbishop William Temple

The son of an Archbishop of Canterbury, he worked for improved social conditions for workers and for closer ties with other Christian Churches. Temple was admired and respected for his scholarly writing, his inspirational teaching and preaching, for his constant concern for those in need or under persecution, and for his willingness to stand up on their behalf to governments at home and abroad.