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Goodwin, Nigel (1937-) | Archival Collections at Wheaton College

Name: Goodwin, Nigel (1937-)

Historical Note:

Nigel Goodwin is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and the Founder and International Director of Genesis Arts. He trained as an actor and, worked in film, television and theater.  He acted in Shelagh Delaney's play, "A Taste of Honey," at the Northampton Repertory Theatre in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England with Sarah Wilson, Maureen Dormer, Alan Brown, and Aleksander Browne in the cast. Inigo Monk was director. As well as appearing as Hubert in film with Cliff Richard in Two a Penny (1967) and in television as a constable in "Silent Evidence" (1962).

When Nigel came to faith in Christ in the 1960s, he was told that you could not be an artist and a Christian. He spent some time at L'Abri in Switzerland where Francis Schaeffer and Hans Rookmaaker were his mentors. Nigel sensed a call into a ministry of encouraging and counselling those working in the arts, media and entertainment industries and received the original vision for what would become the Arts Centre Group, which he and his wife, Gillie, founded in 1971. His background enables him to understand and encourage those in the arts and media. Pastor and author John Stott commissioned Nigel to be a missionary to the arts. Genesis Arts Trust was set up to expand the international side of Nigel's work.

Sources: Porter, David. Arts and Minds: The Story of Nigel Goodwin. Hodder Christian paperbacks. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1993.

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