Acorn was originally called ‘The Acorn Christian Healing Trust’ and was founded in the UK in 1983 by Bishop Morris Maddocks and his wife Anne. Their longing was to see the ministry of healing flourish in every local church of all denominations, and to see a close working relationship between the worlds of church and medicine. Bishop Morris and Anne retired in 1995 and the Revd Dr Russ Parker was appointed Director. In 1999 Acorn changed from being a Trust to a charitable company and the name of the ministry changed to ‘The Acorn Christian Foundation’. The mission statement endorses Acorn’s ongoing commitment to healing: to bring the healing of Jesus Christ to a broken world. The three main expressions of Acorn’s ministry are Listening, Healing and Reconciliation.
Early on in Acorn’s life, Bishop Morris and Anne saw the need to include listening training as an essential part of the healing ministry. They therefore recruited Canon Anne Long who was initially appointed in 1985 as Pastoral Consultant to the Trust, and then became the National Coordinator of Acorn Christian Listeners. She developed a regional staff and during her time six regions were developed in the UK, each with their own Regional Coordinator. Anne retired in 1998 and was succeeded by Revd Michael Mitton. The work has now spread to many locations world-wide including Ireland, South Africa. Belgium, Hong Kong, Denmark, USA and Canada.
Acorn Ministries Canada was formed as an off-shoot from the UK Acorn Christian Foundation in 2003. Now headquartered in Ottawa Ontario, Acorn Ministries Canada has current regional bases in Toronto, Ontario and Vancouver Is, British Colombia, in addition to Ottawa. Within the past year, training courses have been delivered in a number of locations throughout Canada including Whitehorse in the Yukon, by trained and experienced tutors.