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Lord Williams appointed President of Church Army

Church Army has announced the appointment of the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Rowan Williams, as its new President ...

Church Army has announced the appointment of the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Rowan Williams, as its new President.

The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Lord Williams of Oystermouth is the eighth President in Church Army’s 132-year history.

“I am deeply honoured to be asked to take up this position,” said Lord Williams, “There can be few organisations that have done as much as Church Army to support the highest quality of innovative ministry and outreach in our Church, and to encourage lay and clergy alike in their calling to speak and act the Good News effectively and imaginatively.”

“I look forward with great enthusiasm to a closer connection with Church Army and to supporting all its members as best I can in prayer and solidarity.”

Church Army Chief Executive, Mark Russell, said: “I am delighted Lord Williams has agreed to serve as Church Army’s new President. Rowan Williams has been a good friend to Church Army and to me personally for many years. He is passionately committed to what we do, and we are delighted he has this new link with Church Army.”

Lord Williams’ appointment follows the announcement in December last year that Archbishop Desmond Tutu was stepping down as Church Army’s President.

The former Archbishop of Canterbury has been the Vice President of Church Army since 2005. He has visited several of its projects, including the Marylebone Project (one of the largest providers of accommodation and services for homeless women in the UK) and Church on the Bus in Derbyshire, which supports more than 60 homeless people each week.

While Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Williams appointed Mark Russell as the youngest ever member of the Archbishops’ Council and has previously described Church Army as a “gift to the church”.

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