John Glass acknowledged with Lambeth Cross award
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby presented John Glass, former Elim General Superintendent, with the Lambeth Cross for Ecumenism in a ceremony held on Friday 9 June at Lambeth Palace.
Joining with 35 people from around the world, including religious, political and community leaders, musicians and others, who received awards for outstanding services to the church, John Glass received his award for exceptional contribution to relationships between faiths.
At the commencement of the ceremony, the Archbishop explained his desire to give these awards to those who had made “outstanding contributions” so they know that they were recognised. The awards enabled the Church to show this recognition publicly even though that recognition had not been sought by any of those receiving the awards.
The Archbishop commented, “I realise that the people receiving these awards today have worked devotedly and diligently, and in the spirit of that prayer. But I hope that they will allow me to say that we hold them up as examples to others. Those who read their citations will, I hope, be inspired themselves to see what can be achieved when good people work for the coming of the Kingdom.”
Three existing awards consisting of the Lambeth Cross, the Canterbury Cross and the Cross of St Augustine were presented along with six new awards, first introduced in 2016. Each medal is made from Fairtrade silver by the London firm Cred Jewellery.
John Glass was one of 5 people receiving the Lambeth Cross for Ecumenism. His award was presented for leading the Elim Pentecostal Church into new ecumenical relationships and for his commitment to Christian unity in evangelism.
From 1999 until May 2016, John Glass was the General Superintendent of the Elim Pentecostal Church. Under his leadership, Elim has grown increasingly committed to building ecumenical relationships with other churches - significantly, including those which are not Pentecostal, among them the Church of England.
John led Elim into membership of Churches Together in England (CTE) in 2010 and showed a high level of openness and courage in relating to a wide range of churches. He has played a formative role in gathering the Pentecostal constituency and in strengthening the Pentecostal voice in CTE.
John Glass has also been a longstanding Council member of the Evangelical Alliance and in 2014 was appointed as its Chair. He has also served on the Board of Reference for British Youth for Christ, and the Council of Reference for Transworld Radio and is a Patron of the Society for Protection of the Unborn Child.