Adapted from Anglican Communion News Service
Jan Butter, the Anglican Communion Office’s director for communications for five years, is returning to his previous employer, World Vision International, effective March 19. Butter will become World Vision’s director for global health communications.
Butter’s work has included strengthening Anglican Communion News Service, establishing the ACO’s presence on Twitter and Facebook (see pages for the Anglican Communion, Anglican News, and Anglican Communicators) helping member churches build their communications capacity, and undertaking a corporate rebrand for the ACO, including a new Compass Rose logo.
“It has been a genuine privilege to lead the ACO’s communications department and serve the Anglican Communion,” he said. “I believe that communicating the gospel is at the heart of our calling as Christians, and I have been delighted to see more and more Anglicans and Episcopalians able to share their stories with each other and the world.
“I’m particularly pleased to have relaunched Anglican World magazine and to have moved the Anglican Communion News Service from an email service to a fully-fledged website. Also, I’m glad to be able to launch the brand new Anglican Communion website next month before I leave.
“All of these tools have and will help people everywhere to have a more accurate perception of Anglican/Episcopal life and worship around the world.”
Jan has worked with colleagues from other provinces to ensure members of the Anglican Communion heard from the Primates’ Meeting in Ireland, the Anglican Consultative Council in New Zealand, and yearly Standing Committee meetings.
“Perhaps my greatest joy in this role has been the opportunity to connect with and worship alongside people from every member church,” he said. “I can honestly say that the Anglican bonds of affection — the relationships between different nationalities who share faith, tradition and history — makes this Anglican Communion what it is.”
The post is expected to remain vacant until the new secretary general is appointed.