Rev. W. Ernest Jackson, the Anglican Communion's Deputy Executive Officer whose headquarters are in London, will return to Canada next year to become Director of National and World Program for the Anglican Church of Canada.
In announcing the appointment today, Most Rev. Howard H. Clark, the Primate, said Dr. Jackson had been offered the position by a committee authorized by the National Executive Council of the Canadian church to name a successor to Rev. Canon A.H. Davis who is retiring. On his acceptance it was arranged that Dr. Jackson would assume his new duties here on April 1, 1969.
The recent restructuring of the church's national office here merged the former Department of Missions and the Department of Social Service as the Division of National World Program. At the end of the year, Canon Davis will have completed 16 years as director of the church's missionary program.
Dr. Jackson said in London that he is looking forward to returning to the Canadian church. A major part of his new duties will be similar to his activities during the last four years which involved work with the Anglican Communion's 19 national and regional churches.
Since January 1965, he has been responsible for co-ordinating the mission work of all the national churches. He represented the Anglican Communion at Geneva meetings of the World Council of Churches and served on the council of the Anglican Centre at Rome.
Dr. Jackson is a genial Irishman, born in Londonderry 61 years ago. He has spent more than half his life in Canada, gaining a high reputation as a preacher in such pulpits as St. Stephen's, Calgary, St. James the Apostle, Montreal, and later at Hamilton, Ontario where he was rector of Christ's Church Cathedral and dean of the diocese of Niagara.
He came to Canada in 1928 and graduated in arts from the University of Saskatchewan. He took his theological training at Emmanuel College, Saskatoon.