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Adelaide Anglican Archbishop to head church in Australia

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Anglican Archbishop of Adelaide Geoffrey Smith has been elected Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia – the first time an Adelaide Archbishop has been chosen to lead the church.

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Archbishop Smith has been appointed by the church’s Board of Electors for a six-year term beginning immediately, after the voting process commenced on March 14 and ended with an electronic ballot on April 7.

The Primate is the President of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Australia and represents the Australian church in the worldwide Anglican Communion, at the invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

I am very conscious of the enormous privilege we the church have in sharing the mission of Christ, and the importance of unity in that task,” Archbishop Smith said.

“My prayer is that our unity might be strengthened to better enable the witness and work of the church in the world.”

Archbishop Smith has held various roles in the Anglican church since his ordination in 1982, including parish ministry in Queensland, NSW and Papua New Guinea, national director of the Anglican Board of Mission, general manager of the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane, and Bishop of the Southern Region, Diocese of Brisbane before becoming Archbishop of Adelaide.

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