Standing Committee of the A.C.C.

Anglican Consultative Council – Standing Committee

Standing Committee Members

Abp Rowan Williams (President)

Rowan Williams is the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury, Metropolitan of the Province of Canterbury and Primate of All England, offices he has held since early 2003. He is also a Focus for Unity for the three Instruments of Communion of the Anglican Communion, and is therefore a unique focus for Anglican unity. He calls the once-a-decade Lambeth Conference, chairs the meeting of Primates, and is President of the Anglican Consultative Council.

Bp James Tengatenga (Chair)

James Tengatenga has been Bishop of Southern Malawi since 1998 and is a member of the Anglican Consultative Council and of the Standing Committee. He also represents the ACC on the Board of St. George’s College, Jerusalem. He was elected as ACC Chair in 2009 and therefore acts as Chair of the Standing Committee.

Canon Elizabeth Paver (Vice-Chair)

Elizabeth Paver is a lay canon of Sheffield Cathedral, a former member of the Panel of Chairs of the General Synod of the Church of England, and chair of the Board of Mirfield Theological College, and was elected as vice-chair of the ACC in 2009 and is therefore Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee.

Bp David Chillingworth (Primates’ Standing Committee member)

The Most Rev David Chillingworth, bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld & Dunblane, elected Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church in June 2009, this will be his first standing Committee meeting.

Abp Paul Kwong (Primates’ Standing Committee member)

The Most Revd Paul Kwong is the second Archbishop and Primate of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui and Bishop of the Diocese of Hong Kong Island. He was elected and consecrated the bishop of the Diocese of Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui, on December 30, 2005. He was elected the Archbishop of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui on February 3, 2007.

Bp Samuel Azariah (Primates’ Standing Committee member)

The Rt Revd Samuel Azariah, Moderator, Church of Pakistan & Bishop of Raiwind.

Abp Daniel Deng Bul Yak (Primates’ Standing Committee member)

The Most Revd Dr Daniel Deng Bul Yak, Archbishop of the Episcopal Church of the Sudan & Bishop of Juba

Bp Katharine Jefferts Schori (Primates’ Standing Committee member)

The Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori, previously Bishop of Nevada, is the twenty-sixth Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church. Jefferts Schori was elected at the 75th General Convention on June 18, 2006 and invested at Washington National Cathedral on November 4, 2006. Dr Jefferts Schori’s first ACC meeting was in Jamaica in 2009 and her first Primates’ Meeting was in 2007.

Mrs Philippa Amable (ACC appointment)

Currently the Chancellor of The Church of the Province of West Africa, Philippa Amable joined as a lay member of ACC 2005 in Nottingham and was elected to the Standing Committee at the same meeting.

Bp Ian Douglas (ACC appointment)

 The Tr Revd Dr. Ian T. Douglas was ordained and consecrated t on April 17, 2010 as the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut. The Episcopal Church appointed him to attend the ACC-14 in Jamaica and it was here he was elected as a representative on the Standing Committee.

Dr Anthony Fitchett (ACC appointment)

Dr. Anthony Fitchett, who practices medicine in New Zealand, has been involved in the administration of the Anglican Church at local and national levels and associated with the Anglican Communion for many years. At the last ACC-14 in Jamaica he was appointed as the chairman of the Resolutions Committee that drafted the resolutions on the Covenant debated at that ACC meeting. It was at this meeting that he was also elected to the Standing Committee.

The Revd Maria Cristina Borges Alvarez (ACC appointment)

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Dato’ Stanley Isaacs (ACC appointment)

A Malaysian lawyer, Dato’ Stanley Isaacs has represented theChurch of the Province of South East Asia—whose dioceses include Kuching, Sabah, Singapore and West Malaysia – at the last two Anglican Consultative Councils. He will retire from the ACC, and therefore the Standing Committee after ACC-15.

Revd Canon Janet Trisk (ACC appointment)

Janet Trisk of South Africa is Rector of the Parish of St David, Prestbury in Pietermaritzburg, in the Diocese of Natal. She is taking the place of Ms. Nomfundo Walaza of South Africa who stepped down to concentrate on her role as Director of the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre. Canon Trisk has attended both the 2005 and the 2009 Anglican Consultative Council meetings.

Alternate Members

Bp Paul Sarker (Primates’ Standing Committee Alternate member)

Bishop Paul Sarker, moderator of the Church of Bangladesh and Bishop of Dhaka

Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi (Burundi) (Primates’ Standing Committee Alternate member)

The Most Revd Bernard Ntahoturi, Primate of The Episcopal Church of Burundi

Archbishop John Holder (Primates’ Standing Committee Alternate member)

The Most Revd Dr John Walder Dunlop Holder, Primate of The Church in the Province of the West Indies

Archbishop Alan Harper (Primates’ Standing Committee Alternate member)

The Most Revd Alan Edwin Thomas Harper, Primate of The Church of Ireland


At the recent meeting of the new Standing Committee of the A.C.C., chaired by Bishop James Tengata, of the Diocese of Southern Malawi, the process of continuing ‘Indaba’ was described as enabling the ‘guidance of local culture’ – a process which should open up the possibility of more and better information being made available to different Provinces of the Communion of the diversity of cultural understandings existing between them on issues, for instance, about human development – like gender and sexuality. These issue, hitherto, have caused the schismatic breakaway tendencies leading to the formation of sodalities like GAFCON and ACNA, which have led to friction within the Provincial Churches of the Communion.

The formation of the new Standing Committee of the ACC  could be said to have been an initiative of the ABC and the ACO, in an effort to bring reconciliation between the Provinces and a forum through which further discussions and theological conversations (through the medium of ‘Indaba’ ) might bring about a greater openness to the prospect of a new Covenantal relationship within the Communion. (The Covenant Process is still being discussed by Provinces around the Communion).

For New Zealanders, for whom this ‘kiwianglo’ blog-site has been primarily brought into being; it will be interesting to note that our representative on this Standing Committee is Doctor Tony Fitchett,  a Doctor of Medicine from the Dunedin Diocese, who has represented the ACANZP for some years and was voted onto the new Committee by the A.C.C.  – on which body he was already our Provincial Representative.

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch

About kiwianglo

Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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2 Responses to Standing Committee of the A.C.C.

  1. Hermano David|Brother Dah•veed says:

    The formation of the new Standing Committee of the ACC could be said to have been an initiative of the ABC and the ACO…

    My friend, this committee is not new, it has existed for quite some time, it is the name that is new. Formerly it was the Joint Standing Committee of the Primates Meeting and the ACC.

    • Thanks, David. I was aware of the previous S.C.’s existence. However, this one has a new definition – which happens to have given it more ‘clout’. I am aware also that both sides of the Communion divide have problems with it, thus giving it a seeming authority which its predecessor(s) lacked.

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