Mrs. Jenny Humphreys, World Mission Adviser to the Diocese of Bath & Wells, is to become a Canon of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lusaka, Zambia. She will receive the honour at a special service on Sunday 27 September at 10am in St Mary’s Church, Taunton.
The service will be led by the Rt. Revd. David Njovu, Anglican Bishop of Lusaka and the Revd. Rod Corke, Vicar of St Mary’s, who is standing in for the Dean of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, the Very Revd. Canon Charley Thomas.
Jenny, who has served in her role as World Mission Adviser for over 17 years was invited to accept the accolade by the Bishop of Lusaka in recognition of her service to world mission and in particular for her commitment to the partnership between the Diocese of Bath & Wells and the Diocese of Lusaka.
Bishop David Njovu says: “Jenny will become an honorary Canon in recognition of her work strengthening the relationship between the Zambian Church and the Diocese of Bath & Wells. With her husband Rod, they were instrumental in seeing that the Zambian Church became financially stable.”
Jenny says: “I am overjoyed and a little surprised to have been invited to take up this honorary role. It’s a great privilege. The partnership between the Diocese of Bath & Wells and the Diocese of Lusaka has been built over many years and has thrived thanks to its strong foundation of mutual trust, respect and appreciation. We have learnt much from one another and I am forever grateful to the people of all five of the Zambian Dioceses for teaching me so much and showing me such grace and love over the years.”
Jenny has recently announced she is to retire from the role. Diocesan Secretary, Nick May, says she will be sorely missed: “Jenny’s passion for World Mission over the years has been clearly evident. She has brought to the role great energy and commitment and contributed much to the on-going relationship we enjoy with our partner dioceses in Zambia.”
Jenny has visited Zambia on many occasions, working with the people of the five dioceses to build up relationships between them and the people in Bath & Wells as members together of the worldwide Anglican Communion.
Earlier this year she helped coordinate a three-week visit to Zambia by the Bishop of Bath & Wells, the Rt. Revd. Peter Hancock. He says: “It is clear from speaking with colleagues both here in the UK and in Zambia, that Jenny is highly regarded. She has been a constant source of energy and inspiration and I want to give my thanks and appreciation to her for her work here and in Zambia.”
All are welcome at the service of thanksgiving. Jenny Humphreys will become an Honorary Canon alongside Father John Kafwanka Kaoma who is recognised for the work he has done for the Anglican Church in Zambia and as Director for Mission for the Anglican Communion.