A Canadian Anglican Priest who has held nationally prominent posts in the United States for the past fourteen years is returning to Canada to assume a newly created position on the national staff of the Anglican Church of Canada.
On April 1st the Rev. Canon W. Ebert Hobbs will become Membership Development Officer of the General Synod of the Church. As the title of his new post implies, Canon Hobbs will be involved in work which seeks to develop and expand the membership base of the Church, while also developing the commitment, knowledge and concern of the present membership.
To such a major task, Canon Hobbs brings an impressive background of experience. After military service in World War II, theological college and ordination, he served as a parish Priest and army Chaplain in Ottawa, Nova Scotia, the Yukon, Winnipeg and British Columbia. For four years he was Director of the Department of Information and Stewardship of the Anglican Church of Canada before moving to the United States to become Executive Director of the Department of Church Renewal for the National Council of Churches in the U.S.A. In 1969 he was appointed Associate General Secretary, for Communication, of the National Council. All of this work was based in New York City, at the headquarters of the NCC.
Since 1971 Canon Hobbs has been Executive Assistant to the Bishop of Ohio and Planning Officer for that Episcopalian Diocese, which has its headquarters in Cleveland.
The fifty-five year old native of Ashton, Ontario is a graduate in arts and theology of Bishop's University in Lennoxville, Quebec, and holds a Bachelor of Divinity degree from St. John's College, in Winnipeg. He is married and has four children.
As Membership Development Officer, Canon Hobbs will consult with Dioceses and regions "to develop the human and financial resources for new enterprises in mission, domestic and overseas." He will arrange and plan training events, make available printed and audio-visual stewardship resources, as well as train and maintain a network of leaders in the membership development field to support this work across the country.
Speaking of Canon Hobb's appointment, the Rev. Clarke Raymond, Executive Director of Program for the General Synod of the Anglican Church said, "We are delighted that someone with such wide knowledge of the Church and society in North America is undertaking this critical area of concern in the life of the Anglican Church."