Serving Africans here and abroad

Africa partnership officer, African Anglican Chaplaincy leader named
October 1, 2005

Two African-born clergy have been named to carry out ministries related to the Anglican churches in Africa and to African Anglicans living in the United States.

Margaret Larom, director of Anglican and Global Relations, announced that the Rev. Emmanuel K. Sserwadda, 49, of the Diocese of New York, with 25 years’ experience in the United States and Uganda, will serve as interim partnership officer for Africa until after the 2006 General Convention.

The Rev. Canon Charles Amuzie, a native of Nigeria now in the Diocese of Georgia, will take up leadership of the African Anglican Chaplaincy, instituted several years ago to assist U.S. bishops, clergy and lay leaders in welcoming expatriate Africans into congregations and diocesan life.

“I am so pleased that these two committed priests of our church have agreed to take on additional national responsibilities at this critical time,” said Larom. “The importance of the African churches and the faithful members of those churches who are living among us is well recognized. At least half of the world’s Christians who call themselves Anglican are living in Africa, and 12 of the communion’s 38 provinces are there.”

Larom also announced the appointment of Peter Ng of New York, former Executive Council member and president emeritus of the Episcopal Asiamerica Ministry Council, as partnership officer for Asia and the Pacific.

He will have primary responsibility for relationships with the 14 Anglican provinces in the region, including the four united churches of South Asia. Immediate responsibilities include staffing the Joint Committee on the Philippine Covenant and helping to plan the presiding bishop’s visit to Japan, Korea, China and Taiwan in October.

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