The Secretary General of the Anglican Communion heads the Communion’s secretariat, which is based at St Andrew’s House in London, UK.
The post is currently held by the Most Revd Dr Josiah Idowu-Fearon. He was appointed in 2015 to succeed Canon Kenneth Kearon and is the seventh person to hold the post. Dr Idowu-Fearon will step down from his role at the Lambeth Conference in August 2022 (see details here).
The role has its origins at the Lambeth Conference of 1958, after which the post of Executive Officer of the Communion was created. The job title changed to its current one after the creation of the Anglican Consultative Council in 1968.
The Secretary General has responsibility for Primates’ Meetings and meetings of the Anglican Consultative Council and its Standing Committee. He is also secretary of the Lambeth Conference.
Prior to his appointment, Dr Idowu-Fearon served the Anglican Church of Nigeria as Bishop of Kaduna and Archbishop of the Province of Kaduna. Before that he was Bishop of Sokoto; Warden of St Francis of Assisi Theological College in Wusasa and Provost of St Michael’s Cathedral in Kaduna.
He continues to play a role in the region, serving as chair of the Kaduna State Peace Commission which is trying to bring about an end conflict between rival groups in that region of the country.
His main focus as Secretary General is serving an ambassadorial role. He spends much of his time travelling around the Communion, meeting different constituencies.
“I see my role as meeting the various ‘interest groups’... and the primates and bishops – at their invitation – to see what is happening, to share what is happening in one province with another... so that we keep the Communion together in spite of our differences.”
Dr Idowu-Fearon attended Nigeria’s military school before leaving the Army to train for the priesthood. After his studies in Nigeria, he went to the UK. There he attended St John’s College, Durham University, where he studied Theology. He then went to Birmingham University earning a Masters in Islamic Studies and Muslim-Christian Relations. It was then, he says, that he realised “the Lord was calling me to be a bridge-builder”. Subsequently he earned a PhD in Sociology and a Postgraduate diploma in Education from Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria. He has written and lectured extensively about Christian-Muslim relations and served on a number of inter-faith bodies.
Dr Idowu-Fearon has been awarded the Officer of the Order of the Niger, the Archbishop of Canterbury's Cross of St. Augustine's Award, and is a Canterbury Six Preacher.
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