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Anglican Alliance chair Abp Albert Chama announces new executive directors

Posted on: September 16, 2013 10:02 AM
Related Categories: Anglican Alliance, Global

Two internationally-recognised development professionals have been appointed to lead the Anglican Alliance in strengthening development, relief and advocacy across the Anglican Communion.

The Most Revd Albert Chama, Archbishop of Central Africa and Chair of the Anglican Alliance today (Monday September 16th) announced the appointment of Revd Rachel Carnegie, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s International Development Secretary, and the Revd Andrew Bowerman as the Alliance’s new executive directors.

The Revd Rachel Carnegie with a group of young people in the City of God Brazil
The Revd Rachel Carnegie with a group of young people in the City of God Brazil
Photo Credit: Anglican Alliance

“Our new executive directors, who will be sharing the role, will shape the Anglican response to the global challenges of poverty and injustice in our fast changing world. It is a key mission of our church to respond to people in need and transform unjust structures, witnessing to the love of God.

“This appointment marks the start of a new and exciting stage of the Alliance’s development,” said Abp Chama. We are now established as a charitable company with a global board, a solid programme of capacity building in development, a voice in international advocacy, and a record of support for church communities hit by disasters. It is a big challenge they take on and the prayers of many around the Communion will be with them.

“As a board we pay tribute to Sally for her hard work as the first Director of the Anglican Alliance. She has shaped the Anglican Alliance to what it is today. We wish her God’s blessings in all her future plans,” Abp Chama said.

The Revd Andy Bowerman
The Revd Andy Bowerman
Photo Credit: Anglican Alliance

Welcoming the appointment, the Most Revd Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury said: “I am delighted about this really creative appointment, and wish Rachel and Andy every blessing in this key role, which I am keen to support. I should also like to pay tribute to Sally Keeble, the first Director of the Anglican Alliance, for all that she has done to get this initiative off the ground. With these firm foundations, I believe that the Alliance will continue to make a valuable contribution to the life and mission of the Communion, including my own ministry.”

The Revd Rachel Carnegie has over 20 years experience in international development, particularly in Africa and South Asia, with faith-based and international humanitarian organisations, including Tearfund, Save the Children, and Unicef. She was ordained in 2004 and is the author of a range of publications, especially on child-related and health development issues.

The Revd Andy Bowerman, Mission Rector at Wareham Team Ministry in Dorset, has long experience in poverty, advocacy and disability and HIV and Aids in the UK and internationally. He has been closely involved with Tearfund and a range of other faith-based and international charities, especially connecting with HIV issues in south and central Asia. He has an entrepreneurial background, including opening a community restaurant that puts profits into development work.

Andy and Rachel said: "We are thrilled and honoured to be asked to co-lead the Anglican Alliance into this new phase in its life. With Sally Keeble’s outstanding work in establishing the Alliance, we step into this role at a pivotal and creative time. We believe passionately that the Church should remain at the forefront of community development, relief and advocacy, as an integral part of its mission, expressing God’s loving care. As joint directors, we will seek to nurture collaboration as the Alliance draws people together to imagine and help create a just and sustainable world where humanity flourishes.”

The Anglican Alliance was developed in response to the recommendation made by bishops from around the Anglican Communion at the 2008 Lambeth Conference that a specific mechanism was needed to help strengthen, co-ordinate and publicise the ongoing international development work for the Anglican Communion. This vision was affirmed by the meetings of the primates of the Anglican Consultative Council in 2009. The London based secretariat started in January 2011 with former international development minister Sally Keeble appointed as the first director to establish the Alliance with an initial three-year funding. She is returning to politics to stand in the 2015 General Election. The Alliance now has regional offices in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, an online capacity building programme developed with the Open University, and funding from a range of private and international donors.