Anglican Mainstream Press Announcement – New Executive Secretary Appointed


The Revd Andrew SymesThe Trustees of Anglican Mainstream are delighted to announce that the Revd Andrew Symes has accepted appointment as Executive Secretary of Anglican Mainstream in succession to Dr Chris Sugden. Andrew will take up the appointment on 1st August 2013 and will be based at the Anglican Mainstream office in Eynsham, near Oxford.

Andrew Symes, 47, is currently serving in the Diocese of Peterborough as Priest in Charge of the Parish of Kings Heath, a deprived council estate in Northampton, and Anglican Minister, ‘Church on the Heath’ Anglican/Baptist Ecumenical Partnership. He is Chair of Peterborough Diocesan Evangelical Fellowship and a member of the Church of England Evangelical Council. Prior to his ministry in Northampton he spent twelve years as a Crosslinks mission partner in South Africa, where he focussed on training of lay ministers and self supporting clergy in townships and other disadvantaged areas. In 2003 Andrew was one of the founder members of Anglican Mainstream Southern Africa.

Andrew has further education qualifications from Cambridge University, and spent two years at All Nations Christian College, Hertfordshire. He has a Higher Diploma in Adult Education from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, and a Masters degree in Mission and Ministry from the University of Chester through St John’s College, Nottingham.

Andrew is married to Camilla, who holds a senior management position in an international Christian relief and development agency. They have two teenage children.

Speaking of his appointment today, Andrew said: “As the nation loses connection with historic Christian norms and beliefs, there’s pressure on the church to conform to society and lose its effectiveness in mission. Anglican Mainstream has played a vital role in bringing together those in the Church of England concerned about this, speaking out on their behalf, and linking them to the mature and prophetic leadership of the Global South churches and other orthodox Anglicans through GAFCON and FCA. I am honoured to be given this opportunity to play a part in continuing and developing this work.”

Current Executive Secretary, Canon Chris Sugden added: “Andrew brings experience of lay training in the Church in Africa and of ministry in an English inner-city estate from a younger generation who have a vision for biblically faithful ministry throughout the Church of England.”

Following his retirement at the end of July, Canon Sugden will act as a consultant to Anglican Mainstream and will continue in his roles with the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (UK and Ireland) and Anglican International Development.

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