Archbishop of Canterbury: The oil executive who 'heard God calling'

The Rt Rev Justin Welby was working as an oil executive when he became "unable to get away from a sense of God calling".

Twenty-five years later, in 2012, he is to be named the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury.

He was made a deacon in 1992 after training for ordained ministry at Cranmer Hall in Durham where he took a degree in theology, serving later as a curate in Nuneaton.

The Right Reverend Justin Welby was installed as the new Bishop of Durham in 2011
The Right Reverend Justin Welby was installed as the new Bishop of Durham in 2011 Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA

He rose through the church ranks to become the Dean of Liverpool before he was named as the Bishop of Durham, a role he held for less than a year before being named as the next Archbishop of Canterbury.

The Rt Rev Welby and his wife Caroline have had six children, one of whom - their seven-month-old daughter and first-born, Johanna - died in a car crash in France in 1983.

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The former Bishop of Durham Justin Welby has been enthroned as the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury. David Cameron, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall attended the ceremony.