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A NEWS RELEASE
From National Office of the ELCIC

ELCIC NATIONAL BISHOP APPOINTS NEW ASSISTANT
FOR STEWARDSHIP IN PUBLIC LIFE

Winnipeg, 5 October 2006 -- The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC)'s National Bishop Raymond Schultz has appointed Mr. Ryan Anderson as the Assistant to the Bishop for Stewardship in Public Life. Mr. Andersen joined National Office staff on Monday, October 2, 2006.

Commenting on the addition of Mr. Andersen to the Office of the Bishop's team, Bishop Schultz said, "Ryan brings to the national church a combination of educational background and personal experience that equips him well for this position. In addition, his research ability will fill a skills gap that has gone wanting for some time. "

"I am extremely excited and hopeful about beginning this work," said Mr. Andersen. "Not only will I be working in areas that are deep passions of mine, but it is also an opportunity to work in areas where God is already at work renewing our Church."

Reflecting on the responsibility of his new role, which includes coordinating the ELCIC's Global Hunger and Development Appeal (GHDA), Mr. Andersen was reminded of a stole from Guatemala that he received while preparing for ordination. "For me [the stole] is a profound reminder of what I am called to, and, more importantly, what we as a Church are called to," he said. "I lived in Guatemala for a while and there I met very beautiful people, but also people who lived in the midst of hunger, poverty, and a violence which was inflicted on them by others' greed. Stoles are symbols of service. This stole for me is a reminder that we are called to serve these people, in fact, all people who are poor, captive, blind and oppressed."

Mr. Andersen obtained a bachelor of arts from Augustana University College in Camrose, Alberta in 1999. He earned his master of divinity degree from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2004 where he focused on ethics in the context of globalization. Prior to accepting the position, Mr. Andersen was an Intern at Hope Lutheran Church in Calgary, Alberta.

As the Assistant to the Bishop for Stewardship in Public Life, Mr. Andersen will be responsible for assisting with the ELCIC's response to public issues, developing and fostering relationships with the ELCIC's ecumenical partners in the area of stewardship and public policy, implementing and managing the ELCIC Strategy for Stewardship and coordinating the work of the ELCIC's Global Hunger and Development Appeal (GHDA).


The role of Assistant to the Bishop for Stewardship in Public Life is a new position to the National Office of the ELCIC. Previously, various aspects of the position were held by the Stewardship Coordinator, GHDA Coordinator (a responsibility of the Assistant to the Bishop for Ecumenical Relations) and the Director of the Lutheran Office for Public Policy (LOPP). With the retirement of the Stewardship Coordinator and a new opportunity for the previous Director of LOPP, it was decided that this would provide an opportunity to revisit and redefine this vital role within the National Office.

For more information, please contact:
Ms.Trina Gallop, Manager of Communications
302 - 393 Portage Ave. Winnipeg MB R3B 3H6
204.984.9172
tgallop@elcic.ca

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