The Anglican Communion Fund, an initiative of the Archbishop of Canterbury to support churches and provinces around the Anglican Communion as well as the Archbishop of Canterbury’s international ministry, has appointed a chief executive. Safiya Nyirongo, who has a background in international development and social enterprise, including with the international aid agency Oxfam, will take up her role from 3 April.
“The Anglican Communion Fund exists to serve, facilitate and supplement many local initiatives across the Anglican Communion family worldwide,” Archbishop Justin Welby said. “The appointment of a CEO is an indication of the growth of the ACF – and shows an increase in the tremendous need for support across the Communion.”
Commenting on her appointment, Nyirongo said: “I am thrilled to be joining the Anglican Communion Fund at this exciting time of its growth and development. The Anglican Communion Fund plays a valuable role in building up the body of Christ around the world and it is a privilege to be a part of it.
“I am looking forward to working together with various stakeholders and colleagues to share the love of Christ, and support Archbishop Welby in his ministry through the ACF.”
The former chairman of HSBC bank, Anglican priest Lord Stephen Green, is the Chairman of the Friends of the Anglican Communion Fund. He said that the role of chief executive was created in response to the significant expansion of the ACF’s work over recent years as they respond to Archbishop Justin’s vision for the Anglican Communion around the world.
“I and the trustees look forward to working closely with Safiya in her new role, as we develop exciting new partnerships with Communion leaders . . . in the run up to the 2020 Lambeth Conference.”