The Council of General Synod (CoGS) has appointed the Ven. Alan Perry as General Secretary of the Anglican Church of Canada as of September 1, 2020. Perry will succeed the Ven. Michael Thompson who finishes his ministry as General Secretary on August 31.
As Executive Archdeacon for the Diocese of Edmonton for the past eight years, Perry demonstrated a strong commitment to justice work and ecumenical relationships, as well as a deep love for the Anglican Church. He had served previously in several parishes in the Diocese of Montreal.
Perry, who holds degrees in theology and a Masters degree in Canon Law, will bring strong administrative gifts to his role overssing the work of General Synod and the daily operation of Church House.
He has attended many General Synods since 1998, as an assessor, a member of Synod and member of the Resolutions Committee. He has also observed and studied General Synods across the Anglican Communion. He has been a member of the Council of General Synod and served on the General Synod Pension Committee since 2007. In the Ecclesiastical Province of Canada he served the Provincial Synod as a member, Clerical Secretary and as Prolocutor.
CoGS appoints the General Secretary on nomination of the Primate supported by a search committee of clergy and laity appointed by CoGs.