Welby in Danger of Losing primus inter pares Role over Same-Sex Blessings


Letter: Bingo’s Ordination?

Letter Bingo’s Ordination? Dear Sir, The Church of England has been ordaining men for centuries, and since the 1990s has had legal authority to ordain women to the priesthood also. According to your recent report, the Revd Bingo Allison declared, "I’m not a man and...

Barnabas Aid Appeal for Democratic Republic of Congo

Barnabas Aid Appeal A bomb explosion ripped through the congregation at a baptismal service last Sunday evening (15 January 2023). Just after the baptisms had been performed, and while a blind pastor was expounding some Bible verses, the improvised explosive device...

Archbishops Differ on Practice if Not on Principle

Archbishops Differ on Practice if not on Principle Archbishop Justin Welby has revealed that he will not bless same-sex relationships, while Archbishop Stephen Cotterell has indicated his intention to do so. Explaining his decision, the Archbishop of Canterbury...

Pilgrim’s Process: Tone, Voice, & Speech

Pilgrim’s Process By the Revd Dr Peter Sanlon Many today are concerned about not just the content of what people say in the public arena, but also the way that whatever is spoken, is said. People can get offended as much by tone or manner, as content. The complex and...

Keene’s Review: Confirm, O Lord by Martin Davie

Defend, O Lord Confirmation according to the Book of Common Prayer Martin Davie Latimer Trust, 2022 (ISBN: 9781906327743, 116pp, £6.50) Confirmation is a vital spiritual coming-of-age rite in churches which practice paedobaptism, giving those for whom promises were...

Orthodox Anglican Provinces Invited to Covenant Members of the Fellowship

Orthodox Anglican Provinces Invited to Covenant Members of the Fellowship Global South May Provide Alternative Episcopal Oversight By Paul Eddy The GSFA has recently invited orthodox provinces across the Communion to formally sign up as full Covenant Members of the...

Diocese of Oxford’s “Bloated Bureaucracy” Under Fire

Diocese of Oxford's "Bloated Bureaucracy" Under Fire by Julian Mann The Diocese of Oxford, one of the best endowed in the Church of England, has come under fire for its alleged ‘bloated bureaucracy’ in a letter from a frontline parish treasurer in London’s Daily...

Gist of Bishops’ Pastoral Letter Regarding Same-Sex Blessings

Gist of Bishops’ Pastoral Letter  New Prayers of Love and Faith We value and want to celebrate faithfulness in relationships. That is why we have drafted and asked the House of Bishops to further refine and commend a new resource to be used in churches, called Prayers...

Margrave: Gadfly of the General Synod or Faithful Layman?

Samuel J Margrave

Gadfly of the General Synod or Faithful Layman?

Those that follow the news of the General Synod of the Church of England are more than passingly familiar with Samuel J Margrave.  The 39 year old entrepreneur and doctoral student is on his third elected term to General Synod.  He represents Coventry Diocese.

Margrave has gained notoriety for speaking out and questioning the status quo of the politically correct elements within General Synod. He routinely finds himself under attack on social media, particularly Twitter.  

When the Archbishop of Canterbury publicly equivocated about his support of Lambeth 1.10 being reaffirmed at Lambeth 2022, Margrave said that he would introduce a “No Confidence” motion against Welby at the next meeting of the General Synod if he failed to support it.  The criticism was immediate and intense.

We interviewed Margrave to get a better understanding as to what makes him tick.

First of all, he is exceedingly polite and not in a fake way—no sense false humility about the man.  The caricatures that portray him differently are not what we found.  He knows what he is about and approaches the world from his understanding of the biblical view.  He is genuinely amiable and speaks as a man whose Christian faith is the most important aspect of his being.  He said, “My identity is in Jesus Christ. I don’t find it in my desires or who I was before I was a Christian.  I’m a Christian and that is my identity is in Jesus. There’s been a redefinition of things like, love. Love is used as an anything goes message.”

Margrave is deeply concerned over the promotion of PRIDE events by churches.  He said, “Some of the stuff that is being done in the streets would not be allowed to be shown on television before 9:00 pm but it’s perfectly permissible in front children on our streets.”

He is very concerned that bishops are failing to be guardians of the faith. He said “It is their calling to instruct me as one of the sheep and they’re failing to do that.”

Margrave did not pull any punches when he wrote an open letter to Archbishop Welby at the beginning of the Lambeth Conference.  

He wrote in part, “You should be admonishing and rebuking your brother and sister bishops, not facilitating false prophets and teachers.  Those who won’t assent to God’s word should resign from God’s Church!  You have chosen to submit to culture over Christ.   You’ve chosen the World over witness.”

Is Margrave a gadfly or a faithful layman?  He certainly is not openly making his opposition to gain popularity with the politically correct crowd.  His life would be much quieter if he were to go along and get along.  It would seem clear that he is a faithful layman who asks questions that people in the pews want answered.