Adapted from the Archbishop of Canterbury’s website

The Archbishop of Canterbury has appointed Canon David Porter as chief of staff and strategy at Lambeth Palace. He takes over from Kay Brock, who retires this month after four years at Lambeth Palace.

Porter is currently in the Lambeth Palace leadership group working as director for reconciliation. He will start in his new role in early May.

Porter, originally from Belfast, comes with experience in several Christian organizations at senior staff, CEO, and board levels. He has long experience in public affairs and was a member of the Northern Ireland Civic Forum and Community Relations Council. Before joining the Lambeth Palace team in 2013 he was canon director for reconciliation ministry at Coventry Cathedral.

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“This is an exciting appointment that draws together David’s recent experience leading one of my priorities and his extensive background in developing strategic and effective organizations to serve Christ and the church,” Archbishop Justin Welby said.

“David will lead on strategy development and implementation, as well as public affairs, working closely with senior colleagues. Along with the Bishop at Lambeth, the Rt. Rev. Nigel Stock, he will be responsible for enabling the entire team at Lambeth Palace to work effectively together, with colleagues at Church House, Bishopthorpe, the Anglican Communion Office, and across the wider church.”

“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Archbishop Justin and colleagues at Lambeth over the last three years in what has been an immensely fulfilling role,” Porter said. “It is an unexpected privilege to be given this new responsibility within the team at Lambeth Palace. The next few years will be exciting and challenging for the church, and all those who work at Lambeth are deeply committed to supporting the archbishop in his ministry. I look forward to enabling them to flourish in this task.”

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