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September 6, 2017
 
Joel Kelling appointed Provincial Administrator

 

The Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East are pleased to welcome Joel Kelling its new Provincial Administrator. In this new role, Joel will also work as the Regional Facilitator for the Anglican Alliance, covering the Dioceses of Cyprus & the Gulf, Egypt and North Africa, Iran, and Jerusalem.

Through these roles Joel will seek to build the capacity of the churches of the Province in regard to development, relief and advocacy, and create greater sustainability within the institutions of the Province, whilst supporting the work of the four Dioceses and Provincial functions, including the upcoming Provincial Clergy Conference.

Joel originally qualified as an architect in the UK, gaining an interest in the issues of International Development and Humanitarian Relief, going on to study for an MA in Development and Emergency Practice at Oxford Brookes University, where he met his wife, Fiona.

Fiona and Joel have been in Jerusalem since 2015, worshipping together at St. George’s Cathedral. Joel moved into serving in the Church as Executive Assistant to Dean Hosam Naoum. He was instrumental in the organisation and coordination of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby’s visit to the Holy Land earlier in 2017, assisting in the life of the Cathedral Close, and has been involved in facilitating both Ecumenical and Inter-faith work in Jerusalem.

Joel will initially be based in Jerusalem, and is planning to move to Amman, Jordan in 2018. He says “I am looking forward to continuing to support and uphold the Christians of the Middle East, promote a ministry of reconciliation, and helping to support greater cooperation and coordination across the Province.”

Rev Andy Bowerman, Co-Executive Director at the Anglican Alliance said “We are delighted to welcome Joel after a careful process of consultation, prayer and discernment with the Province. His appointment comes at a crucial moment in the story of the region and we ask others around the communion to join with us in praying for him as he seeks to fulfil these two demanding roles”

Archbishop Suheil said:  I believe the Province will be blessed by this appointment, an initiative that has carefully be thought through with the Anglican Alliance.  As we face the many challenges in this region, it is imperative not only that we have clear communication and understanding about the different ministries the church provides, but that we also continue to listen, as our Lord did, to the needs of those we serve.  Please do pray for Joel and his wife Fiona as they commence this important ministry within the Province.

 

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