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Our president

The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, was appointed as President of Church Army in December 2014, the eighth president in Church Army's history.

Lord Williams was elected as the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury in 2002 and was previously Bishop of Monmouth and Archbishop of Wales. He spent much of his earlier career as an academic at both Cambridge and Oxford Universities. Lord Williams stood down as Archbishop of Canterbury in December 2012 and took up the position of Master of Magdalene College at Cambridge University in January 2013. In December 2012, he was elevated to the peerage as a Life Baron.

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

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

“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.”