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August 7 2022
Double congratulations at St John’s
St John’s congregation had a double celebration in church on Sunday 27 February with cakes and congratulations on outstanding achievements by both our Minister and our former Church Secretary.
Our minister, Julian Templeton, seen here on the right, was recently recommended by two examiners for the award of PhD. His doctorate, which will be awarded by the University of Chester, took as its subject the work of the eminent Swiss Protestant theologian Karl Barth.
His doctoral dissertation was 85,000 words in length and took Julian more than 7 years to complete alongside his work as a United Reformed Church minister first at Highgate URC and later at St John’s Church.
“I’m delighted that my examiners commended my work as an original investigation of the critical but neglected theme of feeling in Barth's theology” Julian says. “And I want to thank my family and the church for their support."
More congratulations were also due to St John’s former Church Secretary for 17 years Tony Alderman, on the left of the picture, who has been given a London Borough of Barnet Civic Award for Lifetime Achievement. This is in recognition of his extensive voluntary service to the United Reformed Church, to many charitable trusts and to further education in the local community.
He served as Chair of Governors of Barnet College, chaired the Governors' Council of the Association of Colleges, and served on the boards of numerous charities including Eleanor Palmer Trust, Valentine Poole and The Insurance Charities. Tony will be given his award by the Mayor of Barnet in April.
In 2022 the United Reformed Church celebrates its 50th anniversary, having been formed as a result of the 1972 union of the Presbyterian Church of England and the Congregational Church in England and Wales. It subsequently united with the Churches of Christ in 1981 and the Congregational Union of Scotland in 2000.