The Governing Board of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) has chosen the Bishop of Guildford, the Rt Revd Christopher Hill to be its new president.
Bishop Christopher will retire from his diocesan duties in September but looks set to keep busy with a number of roles including this new one and some national work for the Church of England.
The Conference of European Churches (CEC) is a communion of 115 Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican and Old Catholic Churches from all European countries, and 40 associated organisations.
Bishop Christopher has been a leading international figure on ecumenical affairs throughout his ministry and was a founding co-secretary of ARCIC (Anglican â€” Roman Catholic International Commission) in the 1970s.
He was chosen at the first meeting of the CECâ€™s new Governing Board which met in July. The CEC was founded in 1959 and has offices in Geneva, Brussels and Strasbourg.
Vice presidents are the Dean of Gothenburg in the Church of Sweden, the Very Revd Karin Burstrand and His Emminence Metropolitan Emmanuel of France who stepped down as president.