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Durham University

St John's College


Death of Canon Tim Yates

(4 February 2016)

Timothy and Mally Yates, college reunion 2005

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Canon Tim Yates, former Warden of the College, member of our Development Board and one of the leading thinkers in Anglican missiology.


Tim was a member of staff of St John's from 1963 to 1979 and Warden of Cranmer Hall from 1971 until 1979 . With the then Principal John Cockerton, Tim saw the College through changing times, not least in the acceptance of women into the College. Together with his wife, Mally, who was the first female tutor in the College, they influenced a generation of students. Their love and support of the College continued. Tim wrote the first history of the College as a contribution to the College's celebration of its seventieth anniversary in 1979, with second and third editions printed in 1981 and 2001. For the past eight years he served as a member of the College Development Board, giving his time in fundraising and consulting on the design for the new Learning Resource Centre.


Tim was one of the leading Anglican missiologists of his generation and shaped an area of thinking long neglected in the UK. We were delighted to host a book launch for his 'The Conversion of the Maori', an outstanding book combining Tim's skills as historian and theologian. 'Christian Mission in the Twentieth Century', 'Twentieth Century Missiology: Issues and Thinkers' and 'The Expansion of Christianity' leave a legacy of essential reading for anyone interested in mission either home or abroad.


We will so miss Tim's graciousness, his prayerfulness, his sense of fun and his deep commitment to what St John's can achieve for both the Church and the University.


The Principal

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