Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, has been elected president of the board of directors of the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF).
Although PWRDF is named after the primate (or the church’s national archbishop), it is the first time that a primate has been elected to head its board since it incorporated separately from the national church seven years ago. The primate has always automatically been an ex-officio member of the board, explained PWRDF executive director Cheryl Curtis.
“The point of it all is to recognize that this ministry of the Anglican Church of Canada continues incorporated for business purposes to further the intentions of the whole denomination and that the primate is as connected with it now as when it was a committee of General Synod,” said Ms. Curtis.
Once part of the national church’s structure, PWRDF is now a separately-incorporated body that acts as the relief and development arm of the Canadian church.
As president of the board, the primate will chair meetings of the board and the executive committee; he will also oversee the board and its functions. Board members are elected for three-year terms, renewable up to three times through a re-nomination process. The board oversees the management of the affairs of the PWRDF.