Swedish Anglican priest the Revd Anders Litzell will pioneer the radical young Christian community being formed at Lambeth Palace by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. Watch a video message from Anders and read more about him below. 

The Archbishop of Canterbury announced today that Swedish Anglican priest the Revd Anders Litzell will be the Prior of the radical young Christian community being formed at Lambeth Palace.

Anders will pioneer the Community of St Anselm, which launches in September 2015, and direct its worship and work. He’ll be working under the guidance of Archbishop Justin Welby, who’ll be Abbot of the community.

“I am hugely excited about taking on this role and, through God’s grace, turning Archbishop Justin’s vision for the community into reality, ” he said.

“We pray that the Community will be identified by prayer, by learning, by love of each other and of the poor – all with one intention above all others: to become more like Jesus.”

More about Anders: 

Having grown up in the Swedish Pentecostal Church, Anders studied at Wheaton College in Illinois, USA. While in the US he discovered ‘high church’ Anglicanism after he began worshiping at St Barnabas Episcopal Church in the town of Glen Ellyn in DuPage County – where his journey to ordination began.

Back in Sweden he served in the Lutheran church, Sollentuna Parish in Stockholm, while directing the Alpha Sweden office, before moving to London to work with Alpha International.

Anders was ordained in the Church of England in 2012 and is currently serving at St George’s, Holborn, in the Diocese of London – where his ministry focuses on students and adults in their 20s and 30s. He’s also researching a PhD on the relevance of St Benedict for contemporary leadership.

He trained for ordination at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, UK, including a sojourn at St Agnes, Diocese of Natal in South Africa.

Read more about the announcement 

Read an interview with Anders on Christian Today 

Read an interview about the Community with the Archbishop’s chaplain, Dr Jo Wells