The Reverend Canon Dr. Andrew White is the Emeritus Vicar of St. George’s Anglican Church in Baghdad, Iraq. He has worked in relief and reconciliation efforts in Iraq since 1998 and divides his time between the Middle East and the UK. He is rarely at home with his wife and two sons in Hampshire and maintains a rigorous speaking and preaching itinerary that takes him all over the UK and North America.
Canon White is also the President of the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East, which was founded to support his unique work in reconciliation throughout the Middle East, as well as humanitarian relief work and ministry at St. George’s. Since its founding, FRRME has expanded to include a medical and dental clinic in Baghdad serving people of all faiths, and relief efforts in Kurdistan, Jordan, Lebanon and elsewhere. When not in the Middle East or travelling, Andrew’s home base is in Hampshire with his wife Caroline and his two sons, Jacob and Josiah.
Andrew White studied at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London qualifying as an Operating Department Practitioner in 1985. Following St. Thomas’, he trained for ordination at Ridley Hall, Cambridge University, and also studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Andrew is also an Eric Lane Fellow at Clare College, Cambridge.
Andrew served as a Curate at St. Mark’s, Battersea Rise in London, after which he became Vicar of the Church of Ascension, Balham Hill, also in London. While vicar, Andrew entered into politics, performing duties as a Wandsworth Borough Counsellor acting as Deputy Chairman of Social Services – the only Conservative politician who was also an Anglican priest at that time.
In 1998, Andrew was installed as the Director of International Ministry for the Diocese and Cathedral of Coventry. Soon after he began to head Coventry’s international ministry of reconciliation, Andrew became the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Special Envoy to the Middle East – the first to take up the position since Terry Waite.
During this time, Andrew became actively involved in the Middle East helping to lead the negotiations during the Siege of the Church of the Nativity in 2002 and helping draft the First Alexandria Declaration of the Religious Leaders of the Holy Land and the Baghdad Religious Accord, both of which were instrumental in bringing together key religious leaders of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim faiths.
Canon Andrew’s dedication to the pursuit of peace has earned him international recognition. His awards include:
- International Sternberg Prize
- Honorary Doctorate, University of Gloucester
- US Cross of Valour
- International Council of Christians and Jews (ICCJ) Prize for Intellectual Contribution to Jewish-Christian Relations
- Three Faith’s Forum Prize for Inter-Faith Relations (2003)
- Tanenbaum Peace Prize (2005)
- Grand Commander of the Order of Merit of the Knights Templar of Jerusalem (2003).
- Woolf Institute Peace Prize (2007)
- Companion of the Community of Cross and Nails from Coventry Cathedral for his work on reconciliation in Israel and Iraq
- Train Foundation Civil Courage Prize
- International First Freedom Award (2011)
- William WIlberforce Award (2014)
Canon Andrew has authored several books, available online from us here, including:
- The Vicar of Baghdad (2009)
- Suffer the Children (2010)
- Faith under Fire (2011)
- By The Rivers of Babylon (2008) co-authored with Hope Jones.
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He has also published two other books, Iraq; People of Promise, Land of Despair (2003) and Iraq: Searching for Hope (2005), which are now out of print, but if you Google them you may find suppliers with stock.
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