ASWA is fortunate to have wonderful supportive patrons......


Rt Revd James Jones, former Bishop of Liverpool - ASWA Patron 


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James Jones became Bishop of Liverpool in 1998 having been Bishop of Hull since 1994.  He established and chaired the Governing Body of the faith-based St Francis of Assisi City Academy jointly sponsored by the Catholic and Anglican Dioceses. It is the first Academy to take the Environment as its specialism.

He broadcasts regularly especially on ‘Thought for the Day' for the BBC. He has written a number of books including ‘Jesus and the Earth' (SPCK 2003) which looks at the relationship between Christianity and the environment.

 He has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Hull University, an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Lincoln and an Honorary PhD from Liverpool Hope University.  He retired as Bishop of Liverpool in 2013.



Tony Campolo - ASWA Patron


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Tony Campolo is professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern University. For ten years he was on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania. He is the founder and president of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education. Dr. Campolo is married to Peggy. They have two children, and four grandchildren.





Rt Revd John Pritchard, former Bishop of Oxford - ASWA Patron


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Bishop John is deeply committed to the encouragement and care of the clergy. He enjoys a wide teaching ministry in this country and abroad, and relishes making the Christian faith accessible and attractive. In June 2007 he was installed as Bishop of Oxford where he is relishing getting to know one of the largest dioceses in the Church of England and the complex sociological fabric of the Thames Valley. His national commitments include work with the Ministry Division of the Church of England, the Church Army, The Church Commissioners, SPCK and the Guild of Health. He is President of St John's College, Durham.  Bishop John retired as Bishop of Oxford in 2014.


Bishop John and Wendy currently live with Whitby, a very graceful and delightful (female) white and tortoiseshell cat.  Formerly he has had two dogs.












Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford - ASWA Patron


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Stephen Cottrell is the Bishop of Chelmsford, the Anglican diocese serving Essex and East London. He is a well known writer and speaker on evangelism, spirituality and catechesis. His most recent books are How to pray, Do Nothing to Change your Life; discovering what happens when you stop; Hit the Ground Kneeling; seeing leadership differently and books on the Cross and Resurrection, The Things He Carried and The Things He Said.(SPCK 2008).


He is married to Rebecca and they have three boys and one dog.











Rt Revd Richard Llewellin, former Bishop at Lambeth - ASWA Patron and former Chairman 

Chairman Rt Revd Richard Llewellin

Bishop Richard was ASWA Chairman from 2004 to 2013.  He is the retired Bishop at Lambeth, where he worked closely with Archbishop George Carey and Archbishop Rowan Williams.  Previously while serving as Bishop of Dover in the Canterbury Diocese, he became actively involved in the highly publicised campaign against live exports to the Continent.

He is married and lives in Canterbury where he is still active in the diocese. 














Revd Steven Shakespeare - ASWA Patron


Steven Shakespeare is an Anglican priest, currently employed as Lecturer in Philosophy at Liverpool Hope University. He previously worked in parish and university chaplaincy ministry.

He has a longstanding commitment to animal rights, and remembers handing leaflets out in his native Walsall while still at school. He is a life member of Animal Aid.

Steven's published work includes The Inclusive God (co-written with Hugh Rayment-Pickard, Canterbury, 2006); Radical Orthodoxy: A Critical Introduction (SPCK, 2007); Prayers for an Inclusive Church (Canterbury, 2008) and Derrida and Theology (Continuum, 2009). He is currently co-editing a book entitled Beyond Human: From Animality to Transhumanism, due to be published by Continuum in 2011.





David J Coffey, Veterinary Surgeon - ASWA Patron



I was invited to become a patron of ASWA by the late Dr. Edward Carpenter, Dean of Westminster Abbey. I got to know Edward as a member of a working party concerned with the welfare of animals under his chairmanship which worked for 2 years and produced the report 'Animals and Ethics'. In pursuance of that objective, 30 years ago, I founded the Centre for Animal Welfare Studies (CAWS) to encourage a multidisciplinary study of the subject.


Veterinary surgeons promise, when entering the profession, "to make animal welfare their overriding consideration at all times". It soon became apparent to me that any concept of animal welfare is constrained by anthropocentric pragmatism and human history. Efforts by my profession and the many animal welfare organizations can hope to do no more than ameliorate the worst excesses of our abuse of animals. Much has been made of the 'Five Freedoms' as a panacea for animal welfare. In truth, the only freedom worth having is freedom and this we denied them by the egocentric act of domestication. Domestication is a euphemism for humiliation, subjugation, degradation and slavery. Neither fondness nor love can compensate domestic animals for their enslavement. It is my purpose and my passion to rebalance our relationship with other sentient creatures, wild and domestic, in their favour.