The trustees of Modern Church, the international society promoting liberal Christian theology, have appointed an acting General Secretary to help steer the organisation over the next nine months following the promotion of their current General Secretary to a senior role in the Church of England.
In May 2016, Modern Church’s General Secretary, Revd Guy Elsmore, was appointed to the role of Archdeacon of Buckingham in the Diocese of Oxford. On taking up this position in July 2016, Guy recognised that he is no longer able to give the time that the role of General Secretary of Modern Church needs.
At a meeting in London on 6th October 2016, the trustees of Modern Church decided to appoint an assistant to Guy for the interim period until the next election of a General Secretary, following the AGM at the Modern Church annual conference in July 2017.
The Trustees approached Revd Dr Lorraine Cavanagh, a priest of the Church In Wales, author, blogger and former university chaplain, who has been a long-standing member of the Modern Church trustee board.
Chair of Modern Church, Revd Dr Jan van der Lely, said: ‘We are very grateful to Lorraine for taking on this responsibility and we look forward to working with her over the next few months.’
Revd Dr Lorraine Cavanagh said: 'Being a passionate liberal, I am delighted to take on the job of acting General Secretary for Modern Church and I look forward to building on Guy’s excellent work over the next few months.'