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Christians celebrated in New Year Honours List

by Aaron James

Among those is the former Bishop of Liverpool, Rt Rev James Jones (above), who's being given a KBE for his campaigning work on behalf of the Hillsborough disaster families.

He told the BBC: "I got to know the families very well during the Hillsborough Independent Panel process. And over the years I've come to understand something of their pain.

"I think the families have shown extraordinary forbearance over the years as they have struggled to get people just to listen to them.

"So, in receiving this honour, I also salute their forbearance."

Crispin Truman (below, top) the Chief Executive of the Churches Conservation Trust, is receiving an OBE along with Rev Janet Mullis, who's contributed to further education and the community in York, and Stuart Cornwell, a member of Stockton Tabernacle Baptist Church who's worked with vulnerable children and women in the UK and abroad.

Other Christians receiving MBEs or other awards include:

Janet Gough. Former director of ChurchCare.

Nigel Bumphrey. For services to the Church in Norfolk.

John Campbell. For services to the Church in Lincoln.

Alistair Norval. Organist. St. Paul's Church Milngavie.

Neptune Lopu. For services to teaching the Church and to the community.

Hezel Boseto. For services to the Government, the United Church and to the community.

Peter Toosi. For services to Government, the Church and to the community.

Morris Waria. For services to the Government's Marine Division, the Church and to the community.

Dr Harriet Harris. Chaplain. University of Edinburgh.

Juliet Robb. Founder, The Olive Tree.

Rev Robert Nelson. For services to homeless people and the community in Wirral.

Rev Rosemary Olive Cope. For services to the community in Enfield.

Rev Janet Gould. For services to the community in Ely. Cardiff. (Cardiff)

Rev Freda Jackson. For services to the community in Middleton.

In wider society, world number one tennis player and two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray will be knighted alongside Olympic four-time gold medal distance runner Mo Farah and heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill.

Mo Farah
Andy Murray
Jessica Ennis-Hill

Actor Mark Rylance along with actress Patricia Routledge and comedian Ken Dodd are also being knighted.

Speaking to Premier Stuart Cornwell, 69, said: "The greatest award I have is to know the Lord Jesus Christ and to know that I have eternal life.

"That supercedes any of this, although this is still exciting and meaningful.

"The important thing for me was to not retire, but to continue to serve the Lord in whichever way I could, and that goes on."

Listen to Premier's Aaron James speaking to Stuart Cornwell:

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