Ji Packer Death | Ji Packer Cause of Death – James Innell Packer, fondly reffered to as J. I. Packer has passed away. He died on July 17, 2020.
JI Packer, was an English-born Canadian evangelical theologian in the low-church Anglican and Calvinist traditions.
I just heard the news of the death of Dr. J. I. Packer, 1926-2020, one of the most important figures in English-speaking evangelicalism. His book, “Knowing God,” came to me as a lifeline when I was an 18-year-old Christian. He introduced me to the Puritans and far more.
I just heard the news of the death of Dr. J. I. Packer, 1926-2020, one of the most important figures in English-speaking evangelicalism. His book, “Knowing God,” came to me as a lifeline when I was an 18-year-old Christian. He introduced me to the Puritans and far more. 1/5
— Albert Mohler (@albertmohler) July 17, 2020
Packer’s life-changing childhood experience came at the age of seven when he was chased out of the schoolyard by a bully onto the busy London Road in Gloucester, where he was struck by a bread van and sustained a serious head injury.
He carried a visible dent in the side of his head for the rest of his life. Nevertheless, Packer was uncomplaining and accepting of what providence brought into his life from childhood on.
So sad to hear of the passing of JI Packer, just short of his 94th birthday. He taught me systematic theology @regentcollege – one of the greats, now with Jesus.
— Peter Lynas (@peterlynas) July 17, 2020
Packer was born on 22 July 1926 in Twyning, Gloucestershire, England, the son of a clerk for the Great Western Railway. He won a scholarship to the University of Oxford, where he was educated at Corpus Christi College, obtaining the degrees of Bachelor of Arts (1948), Master of Arts (1954), and Doctor of Philosophy (1954).
It was as a student at Oxford that he first heard lectures from C. S. Lewis, whose teachings would (though he never knew Lewis personally) become a major influence in his life. In a meeting of the Oxford Inter-Collegiate Christian Union, Packer committed his life to Christian service.
He spent a brief time teaching Greek at Oak Hill College in London, and in 1949 entered Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, to study theology. He was ordained a deacon (1952) and priest (1953) in the Church of England, within which he was associated with the evangelical movement. He was Assistant Curate of Harborne Heath in Birmingham 1952–1954 and Lecturer at Tyndale Hall, Bristol 1955–1961. He was Librarian of Latimer House, Oxford 1961–1962 and Principal 1962–1969. In 1970 he became Principal of Tyndale Hall, Bristol, and from 1971 until 1979 he was Associate Principal of Trinity College, Bristol, which had been formed from the amalgamation of Tyndale Hall with Clifton College and Dalton House-St Michael’s.
In 1979, Packer moved to Vancouver to take up a position at Regent College, eventually being named the first Sangwoo Youtong Chee Professor of Theology, a title he held until he was named a Regent College Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology in 1996. He is a prolific writer and frequent lecturer, but he is best known for his book Knowing God. He is a frequent contributor to and an executive editor of Christianity Today.
Packer served as general editor of the English Standard Version, an evangelical revision of the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, and theological editor of the study bible version.
Packer was associated with St. John’s Vancouver Anglican Church, which in February 2008 voted to schism from the Anglican Church of Canada over the issue of same-sex blessings. St. John’s joined the Anglican Network in Canada (ANiC).
Packer, on 23 April, handed in his licence from the Bishop of New Westminster. (ANiC joined the Anglican Church in North America in 2009.) In December 2008, Packer was appointed an honorary Clerical Canon of St Andrew’s Cathedral in Sydney in recognition of his long and distinguished ministry as a faithful teacher of biblical theology.
Packer had been the theologian emeritus of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) since its creation in 2009, being one of the nine members of the task force who authored on a trial base Texts for Common Prayer, released in 2013, and general editor of the task force who wrote for trial use To Be a Christian: An Anglican Catechism, approved on 8 January 2014 by the College of Bishops of the church.
He was awarded with the St. Cuthbert’s Cross at the Provincial Assembly of ACNA on 27 June 2014 by retiring Archbishop Robert Duncan for his “unparalleled contribution to Anglican and global Christianity”
Ji Packer Died on July 17, 2020.