Lord Griffiths became a pastor in a Methodist church after a short teaching career. He was ordained in Port au Prince in 1973. After 10 years in Haiti, he returned to England and has spent the rest of his ministry in or around London. He was President of the Methodist Church of Great Britain in 1994/5 and is currently the minister of Wesley’s Chapel “the mother church of world Methodism’.
Lord Griffiths is President of the Boys’ Brigade youth movement and Chairman of the Trustees of the Central Foundation Schools of London.
He received a Life Peerage (Lord Griffiths of Pembrey and Burry Port) in 2004. He sits with the Labour Party in the House of Lords and is active in parliamentary groups relating to world development, Cambodia, the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
Lord Griffiths has contributed to the BBC’s religious output including The Daily Service, Thought for the Day, Pause for Thought and a number of panel discussion programmes. He presents a weekly half hour programme for London’s Premier Radio.
He has written seven books, given a number prestigious lectures, and has preached sermons in more than 20 cathedrals. He is a Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral and contributes to its governance.