Rev. T.E. Floyd Honey, secretary for Mission and Service in the New York offices of the World Council of Churches, has been appointed general secretary of the Canadian Council of Churches.
The appointment was announced today by the central committee of the Canadian Council of Churches meeting here.
Rev. Dr. R.S. Dunn, president of the Canadian Council, said Dr. Honey will take up his new responsibilities in the autumn of this year. Until that time Rev. R.M. Bennett will continue to act as general secretary.
Mr. Bennett was appointed acting general secretary last spring following the retirement of Rev. Dr. Wilfred Butcher.
A native of Wooler, Ontario, Dr. Honey was born in 1915 and ordained to the ministry of the United Church of Canada in 1940.
For the past three years Dr. Honey has been secretary for Mission and Service, a newly-created post within the World Council. His basic assignment has been to represent the Division of Inter-Church Aid and World Service and the Division of World Mission and Evangelism of the World Council in relationship with the Mission and Service agencies in the United States.
Dr. Honey went as a missionary to West China in 1946 and in 1949 joined the staff of West China Union Theological College in Chegtu, Szechwan, as a New Testament teacher. Due to the Communist takeover, he returned to Canada in 1952.
He was appointed associate secretary to the board of the overseas mission of the United Church in 1953 and secretary of the board in 1960. Two years later he was named to head the board of World Mission, formed that year to integrate overseas work within the church.
Dr. Honey received a bachelor of arts degree from Victoria College, University of Toronto, in 1937; a master of sacred theology degree from Union Theological Seminary, New York, in 1942, and is a graduate of Emmanuel Theological College, Toronto. An honorary doctor of divinity degree was conferred upon him by Victoria University in 1963.