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Hugh Osgood

Since it began in 1997, Rev Dr Hugh Osgood has been the President and Chair of Council of CiC.

Now in his late 60s, Hugh has been in Christian ministry since his early twenties. Born into a prominent Salvation Army family, he sorted out his relationship with God in his teens whilst worshipping at an evangelical Anglican church.

In the 1970s and 80s, he combined part-time work as a general dental practitioner, with starting and leading several local Charismatic churches as part of the New Churches Movement.

He was seconded to the Billy Graham organisation to work on Mission ’89. During this time, he also continued his Student Ministry of campus missions and evangelistic events, which he had started on graduating, alongside his dental and church-planting work.

Since the 1980s Hugh has taught extensively overseas - holding campaigns, encouraging church leaders and promoting a variety of media, aid and social action projects.

In the early 1990s, after a fruitful year as an Assemblies of God pastor, Hugh set up Cornerstone Christian Centre as an independent evangelical-Charismatic/Pentecostal church in Bromley, South London, where he is still Senior Minister. This ‘resource centre church’ pioneered a TV department, the staff of which established GOD TV and Revelation TV. He has also overseen the birth of a number of social action projects, including the Welcome Centre for Refugees (later Action in Communities), and the still vibrant Christian pre-school in north Bromley, ‘Ready, Steady, Go!’.

He was a long-standing trustee of the African and Caribbean Evangelical Alliance and from 1997-1999 co-ordinated the Evangelical Alliance’s work in London, also serving on the core steering group of Hope for London. In 1997 he established CiC as an extension of the Ministers' Fellowship he had been hosting from the early 1990s. As President of CiC, he serves on the Free Churches Group, and was elected Moderator of the Free Churches in September 2014, becoming the Free Churches President of Churches Together in England at the same time.

Hugh co-ordinated the consultations between the independent church sector and the Charity Commission, helping to write the model documentation for independent churches.

In 2007 Hugh was appointed the co-Chair of the UK Charismatic and Pentecostal Leaders Conference; an annual standing conference meeting in December.

Over the years his inter-church ministry has seen him bring together senior Christian leaders in various nations from the Caribbean to Africa and Asia. He is a strategist known for encouraging church development and has inspired and trained many church planters, visionaries and pioneers around the world. Many of these still continue to find inspiration, expertise and encouragement within CiC, along with the many thousands of others who are part of the CiC family.

 

As an ambassador for CiC, Hugh uses his own ministry, Charis Communications, with its Bible-teaching, mentoring and consultancy emphasis, to take him into areas where he believes CiC will be able to follow through and help consolidate the breakthroughs his Bible-teaching and experience bring.  For more information on Hugh's resources or to book him as a speaker please visit www.Hughosgood.com.

Hugh is married to Marion. They have three children and ten grandchildren. Hugh holds a PhD in Religious Studies from London University focussing on Cross-Cultural and Inter-Church Relations, a Masters in Divinity from Lahore, Pakistan, and a Bachelor’s degree in Dentistry (BDS) from the Royal Dental Hospital of London.

 

 

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