Queen’s Foundation and Methodist Church name building
16 February 2017
The Queen's Foundation in Birmingham and the Methodist
Church have announced the name of a newly purchased building today,
named after a renowned theologian and minister.
'Frances Young House', 24 Somerset Road, Edgbaston, is the
latest building to be made available to the Foundation, which
offers academic ecumenical theological education and trains
Methodists and Anglicans for ministry.
The building has been purchased by the Methodist Church, which
has had a significant partnership with the Foundation since
Building works are currently underway and scheduled to be
finished by April this year.
Designed by a local architect, the newly refurbished structure
will boast a new lecture theatre, offices, facilities and living
quarters as a new space to 'live, learn and reflect'.
The new building takes its name from the Revd Professor Frances
Young, a Methodist minister and established theologian who has many
notable achievements in theology, including an OBE for her services
to the field.
When asked about her reaction to finding out that she would have
a building named after her, Frances said: "My first reaction was
one of astonishment - it was so unexpected, and so out of sync with
the sermon I was preparing about humility!
"But since finding out, I've been increasingly grateful, seeing
it as a sign of mutual regard - of the College's appreciation for
my long standing association, and of my own appreciation for all
the College has given me over the years."
The Revd Canon Dr David Hewlett, Principal of the Foundation,
added: "I am delighted that the house will be named after the Revd
Professor Frances Young.
"Professor Young is already closely connected with the Queen's
Foundation as one of our International Research Consultants and her
lifelong work and ministry exemplifies the best of Christian
"The new building will be a wonderful addition to the Queen's
campus, providing first class accommodation for our student
community and excellent additional teaching resources."
For downloadable photos of the Frances Young House during
building works, please