by Dick Lucas
Richard Charles "Dick" Lucas (born 1925) is an Anglican evangelical clergyman, best known for his long ministry at St Helen's Bishopsgate in London, England. He is also known as a founder of The Proclamation Trust and the Cornhill Training Course, and as the author of a number of evangelical books and commentaries. With John Stott and others, Lucas was a key figure in shaping the conservative evangelical movement in the United Kingdom during the 20th Century. Lucas was raised in Lewes, Sussex, and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, and Ridley Hall. He was ordained into the Church of England, and served a first curacy at St Nicholas Church, Sevenoaks. He was Rector of St Helen's Bishopsgate from 1961 to 1998. Under his leadership, St Helen's grew from a tiny congregation of a few individuals to a large thriving church with a ministry to city workers, families, students and young professionals, and a reputation for strong bible teaching and preaching. Lucas emerged as a widely respected evangelical speaker, particularly at the Keswick Convention. He was outspoken among his generation of evangelical ministers in encouraging systematic expositional preaching. With this in mind, Lucas was among those who established a popular and widely-duplicated programme of training workshops for preachers. In May 1986 he founded The Proclamation Trust, whose avowed aim is to encourage ministry that seeks to 'expound the Bible as God's Word for today'. In 1991, in partnership with David Jackman, Lucas helped form the Cornhill Training Course. The course originally met for training in St Peter upon Cornhill, then moved to Borough to meet in office space on Borough High Street. Lucas is no longer part of the leadership team there. Even in his eighties, Lucas had an active and influential ministry, preaching and speaking at conferences in the UK and further afield.