Tributes to Peter Kerridge, Visionary Leader And CEO of Premier, the Christian Media Group

  • Peter Kerridge died on Saturday 8th June, aged 63  after a battle with Acute Leukaemia
  • Kerridge was responsible for the transformation of a small London based Christian radio station into Europe’s largest Christian media organisation
  • “He will be remembered for his heart, his mission, and his ministry,” said Premier’s CEO Kevin Bennett

Peter Kerridge, the CEO of Premier, the Christian media group, has died age 63 after a year long battle with acute Leukaemia.

Born in 1961 in Gateshead, Peter’s journey in faith began at a young age. He embarked on his broadcasting career at Metro Radio in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne before studying Theology at Oxford University in 1986 and subsequently training for the Baptist ministry.

His early career included a role as Associate Minister at Avenue Baptist Church in Southend-on-Sea and a significant position at Essex Radio, where he eventually became the Religious and Community Affairs Manager. His efforts in Harlow with a community group led to the launch of ten17 FM, and he played a crucial role in the licence application for Vibe FM in East Anglia as part of the Essex Radio Group.

In 1996, Peter joined Premier as Managing Director at the invitation of David Heron, who had intervened when the young station faced closure. This partnership is credited with transforming Premier’s fortunes, turning it into Europe’s largest Christian media group within three decades. Under Peter’s leadership, Premier became known for its innovative approach, including pioneering video-on-demand through Premier.tv and being among the first UK radio stations to stream content online in the late 1990s. Peter was appointed CEO of Premier in 2004.

“Peter’s energy and drive were pivotal at various stages of Premier’s history, either sustaining or advancing the station to new heights,” said Kevin Bennett, who was recently appointed Premier’s CEO and will lead the organisation in its continued growth. Kevin led the tributes that have poured in from Premier’s community of friends, supporters, and listeners since the announcement of Peter’s passing.

“I hope Peter will be remembered as a man wholly committed to the mission God set before him,” Kevin continued. “He never wavered once he committed, relentlessly striving to spread the good news of Jesus. Above all, he will be remembered for his heart, his mission, and his ministry.”

Sandy Muirhead, Chair of Trustees of Premier Christian Media Trust, added,

“Peter was an extraordinary colleague, entrepreneur, and inspiration. His drive forward Premier’s mission was unmatched, and he will be deeply missed within our company and beyond. His unwavering faith and commitment to the Lord were truly inspiring to us all.”

Peter is survived by his wife Karen and their two sons.

Condolences can be left at premier.org.uk

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