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At Oxford Brookes University’s graduation ceremony on Friday 24th June 2016, Lord Griffiths of Pembrey and Burry Port, patron of the Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History, received the honorary degree of Doctor of the University (DUniv) for his contribution to the Centre and to wider public life. Leslie Griffiths is Superintendent Minister of Wesley’s Chapel in London and has been patron of the Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History since 2007.
Lord Griffiths served as a Methodist minister in Haiti for ten years, which led to his role as an election observer there in 1990. He was president of the Methodist Conference (the senior office in the church) in 1994-5; and in 2004 was made a life peer. His charitable roles, among many, include the presidency of the Boy’s Brigade; the board of Christian Aid; trusteeship of the Addiction Recovery Foundation and patron of the Missing Persons Helpline. He is the author of seven books and has been a regular contributor to ‘Thought for the Day’ on Radio 4 and ‘Pause for Thought’ on Chris Evans’s Radio 2 breakfast programme.
Leslie has been a good friend to Oxford Brookes University, he hosted a reception at the House of Lords to introduce members of both houses of parliament to some of our excellence in research in 2009.