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Frank Dieter Fischbach appointed as CEC General Secretary

Photo credit: EKD/Jens Schulze
Photo credit: EKD/Jens Schulze

The Revd Frank Dieter Fischbach has been appointed as the new General Secretary of the Conference of European Churches (CEC). 

CEC is a fellowship of 114 churches from Orthodox, Protestant and Anglican traditions from across Europe, including four members from Ireland – the Church of Ireland, the Methodist Church in Ireland, the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, and the Salvation Army.

Hailing from the Protestant Church in Germany (EKD), Mr Fischbach comes to CEC with extensive experience in theology, ecumenical relations, employment and social issues, and churches’ dialogue with European political institutions.

The CEC Governing Board announced the decision last Thursday, 14th March, in a meeting in Hannover, hosted by EKD, and he will take up the position in the summer.  Thanking the board for its trust, Mr Fischbach remarked: “I have a strong faith in CEC as a fellowship of diverse European churches, and their special role in shaping a brighter future for Europe, realising peace, reconciliation, and raising voices for common Christian values in the political sphere.”

The Governing Board also expressed its gratitude to the former General Secretary, Dr Jørgen Skov Sørensen, for his contribution and commitment to CEC during his term. Sørensen resigned in December to reunite and dedicate more time with his family in Copenhagen.

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