- 1933-1972 (Creation)
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Charles Robert Forder was born in Norfolk on 6 January 1907, the son of Henry Forder, a blacksmith, and his wife Mary Ann. Educated at North Walsham Grammar School and then at Christ’s College and Ridley Hall theological college, Cambridge, he was ordained deacon in 1930 and priest in 1931.
His first curacy was that of Hunslet Moor in 1930, followed by the curacy of Burley from 1933 to 1934. In 1934 he became vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Wibsey, in Bradford, in which post he remained until 1940 when he became vicar of another Bradford parish, St Clement’s. He remained there until 1947, acting as organising secretary for the Bradford Church Movement Forward Appeal from 1945.
In 1947 he moved to the Diocese of York, where he would spend the rest of his career. He was vicar of Drypool, Hull, between 1947 and 1955, then rector of Routh and vicar of Wawne between 1955 and 1957. He also acted as chaplain to Hull Prison between 1949 and 1951 and Hull Borstal between 1951 and 1952.
In 1954 he became secretary of the York Diocesan Church Building Appeal which sought to raise money for the rebuilding of war damaged churches and to create new churches to serve new housing developments. He held the post for 22 years. He was also elected to the Church Assembly in 1954 and would later play a role in initiating synodical government in 1970. Between 1958 and 1973 he was a Church Commissioner.
In 1957 Forder was appointed Archdeacon of York and a Canon and Prebend of York Minster. In the same year he moved to Sutton upon Derwent, serving as rector there until 1963 when he became rector of York, Holy Trinity with St John, Micklegate, and St Martin cum Gregory.
Archdeacon Forder’s publications included ‘The Parish Priest at Work’ in 1947, which became the standard manual for newly ordained clergy and was revised and reissued in 1959, ‘Synods in Action’ in 1970, and ‘Churchwardens in Church and Parish’ in 1976, which aimed to encourage greater lay involvement in church life.
Forder retired in 1972 and was granted permission to officiate in the Diocese of York from 1976. He died in Scarborough on 10 October 2008 at the age of 101.
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