Philip Hacking

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Philip Hacking
Religion Christian (Anglican)
  • St Helen's Liverpool (1955-1958)
  • Edinburgh St Thomas (1959-1968)
  • Fulwood Sheffield (1968-1997)[1]
Nationality British
Born (1931-02-20) 20 February 1931 (age 85)
Blackburn, Lancashire, England
Senior posting
Period in office 1955–present
Religious career
Post Anglican priest, Author

Philip Henry Hacking (born 20 February 1931,[1] Blackburn, Lancashire[2]) is a retired Anglican priest, itinerant evangelical speaker, Bible teacher and occasional author.


Philip Hacking gained a BA degree in History at St Peter's College, University of Oxford, in 1953[1] (subsequently also an MA in 1957), and then trained for the Anglican ministry at Oak Hill Theological College, London.[1] He was ordained in 1955 and began a curacy in the Parish of St Helen in St Helens, near Liverpool.[1] This was followed by 9 years as curate-in-charge / Rector of St Thomas, Edinburgh (1959–1968).[1] In October 1968 Philip was appointed vicar of Christ Church, Fulwood, Sheffield.[1] He remained as vicar in this parish for 29 years before retiring from full-time ministry in 1997.[1] He still maintains connections with the church, preaching on occasions, and holds a diocesan permission to officiate.[1]

In addition to his parish ministry, Philip became involved in different aspects of UK and worldwide Christian work. He was chairman of the Keswick Convention from 1984–1993; was national chairman of Reform (a conservative evangelical group within the Church of England); was chairman of Word Alive (formerly a part of Spring Harvest) from 1993–2000; and for 12 years was chairman of SUM Fellowship (Sudan United Mission), now Action Partners. He has led many evangelistic missions and Bible convention events in the UK and overseas. He has written a number of books and his Bible teaching has been widely recorded on audio cassette, CD and DVD media formats.

In an article in the monthly newspaper, Evangelicals Now,[3] written as he was approaching retirement, Philip described himself as "quite unashamedly an Anglican Evangelical, with a stress on the noun". He regarded the greatest privilege of more than 40 years ministry "to have been a parish minister in St Helens, Edinburgh and Sheffield", adding that "there is no greater joy than expounding the Word of God week by week in the local church, and to share in people's homes something of their joys and sorrows".

At the Sunday evening service on 29 December 2013 at Christ Church Fulwood, Philip gave his last sermon announcing that he was "calling it a day for all preaching". The sermon was based on 1 John 4 7-21 'God is Love'.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Hacking is a keen supporter of Sheffield Wednesday football club. He was present at the disaster in the Hillsborough soccer stadium in April 1989 in which 96 spectators were crushed to death.[5] He is also a follower of English cricket, and in earlier years played cricket at "various unambitious levels".

He married his wife Margaret in 1955 at the Church of the Saviour, Blackburn.[6] They have two children, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Their son, Stuart, is also an Anglican minister as well as being school chaplain at Immanuel Community College, Bradford.[1] Their home is in Fulwood, a suburb of Sheffield.[1]

List of books[edit]

  • The Spirit Is Among Us: Personal Renewal and the Local Church, Marshall Pickering, 1987. ISBN 978-0-551-01421-3
  • What He Says, Where He Sends, Marshall Pickering, 1988. ISBN 978-0-551-01634-7
  • Real Science, Real Faith, Monarch Books, 1991 (co-authored with R. J. Berry). ISBN 978-1-85424-125-2
  • Isaiah: Free to Suffer and to Serve (Baker Bible Guides), Crossway Books, 1994. ISBN 978-1-85684-082-8
  • Discovering Isaiah: Free to Suffer and to Serve (Crossway Bible Guides), IVP/Crossway Books, 2001. ISBN 978-1-85684-203-7
  • The Rhythm of the Gospel: 2 Corinthians (Authentic Lifestyle Guides), Authentic Media, 2004 (co-authored with Elizabeth McQuoid). ISBN 978-1-85078-573-6
  • Opening Up Hebrews (Opening up the Bible series), Day One Publications, 2006. ISBN 978-1-84625-042-2


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Crockford's Clerical Directory 2010/2011, p. 343, Church House Publishing, Church House, Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3AZ, ISBN 978-0-7151-1042-3
  2. ^ "FreeBMD Entry Info". Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  3. ^ Hacking, Philip (July 1997). "Moving on: Philip Hacking looks back over his experiences in the ministry". Evangelicals Now.
  4. ^ Christ Church Fulwood. "Resources - Talks - Download, 29 Dec 2013 God is Love". 
  5. ^ Hacking, Philip (June 1998). "They think it's all over: Thoughts on the matter of Christians and sport". Evangelicals Now.
  6. ^ "Lancashire Births Marriages & Deaths Indexes". Retrieved 2012-02-10.