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Rachel Parry joins Anglican Communion Office as Commissions & Networks Support Officer

Posted on: November 3, 2021 6:36 PM
Photo Credit: USPG

Rachel Parry, Global Relations Director at USPG, to join Anglican Communion Office as the Commissions and Networks Support Officer 

Rachel Parry, Global Relations Director at United Society Partners in the Gospel (USPG), is to join the Anglican Communion Office in January. She is leaving USPG after 24 years to take up the new Commissions and Networks Support Officer role.

Rachel has said: “I am looking forward immensely to continuing to work with longstanding colleagues and friends and to making new friendships and relationships, and to playing my part in supporting the Networks and Commissions which are such a crucial part of the wonderful missional fabric of the Communion tapestry that binds us all together.”

In this new role, Rachel will be responsible for actively progressing support for a focus on local mission through the Commissions and Networks of the Anglican Communion. She will support programmatic directors in the Anglican Communion Office to ensure that their work can be more effectively undertaken in the provinces, regions and agencies across the Communion, as well as working with Member Churches and dioceses to support, maintain and grow Companion Links.

Rachel initially took up a temporary role with USPG in 1997, running the annual bursary programme meeting before taking up a permanent position in the Mission Personnel Team. Early in her USPG career, she also studied for a masters in Asian Politics at SOAS, the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University. She was appointed Director of Global Relations in January 2014.

The Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon, has said: “I am delighted to be welcoming Rachel to the Anglican Communion Office. She will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience from her time at USPG, and I have no doubt she will be a huge asset to the Communion. Our commissions and networks are an integral part of how we support local mission, and this new role marks an important point in our journey to better support the work of the Communion all around the world. Please join me in praying for Rachel as she prepares for this new role."