(Ambridge, PA) – The Most Rev. Robert Duncan, in consultation with the Executive Committee of the Anglican Church in North America, is pleased to announce that The Venerable Canon Dr. Jon I. Lumanog will assume the role of Acting Chief Operating Officer of the Province effective July 1, 2014. Canon Lumanog succeeds Mr. Bradley B. Root as he steps down as COO at the conclusion of Assembly 2014. Mr. Root will continue beyond Assembly through the third quarter of 2014 as Special Projects Coordinator and Senior Advisor. At mid-summer a development officer (as yet to be named) will join the Provincial Staff and Brad Root will be much involved with the transition in that area of the work.
“Over the last year and a half, our Executive Committee has been working together on management succession as we come to the conclusion of my archiepiscopate this June,” said Archbishop Duncan. “Brad has fulfilled most admirably his five year commitment to serve me as Chief Operating Officer by establishing our Provincial Office, providing health care and pension for our clergy and lay employees for the whole Province, and by leading the extraordinary giving to provide a firm financial foundation for our movement for many years to come.”
Canon Lumanog has served Archbishop Duncan and the Province as Canon for Provincial and Global Mission since 2011. “Brad’s gifts and insights in the establishment of our Provincial Office, and in the equipping of the broader Church vision, have been invaluable to the work of the Anglican Church in North America. He has served us exceedingly well in the last five years as Chief Operating Officer. I look forward to building on Brad’s excellent work and the continued opportunity to serve by ensuring the stability of the work of our Province,” said Lumanog.
The Archbishop continued, “I also intend to nominate Mr. Root to serve as Provincial Treasurer to succeed Mr. William Roemer further ensuring continuity in our financial oversight. It will be up to Provincial Council to ultimately confirm this nomination but our Provincial leadership is working hard to ensure a smooth transition in the Office of the Archbishop.”
Mr. Root commented, “I have great joy in the way this transition has unfolded. I am grateful to Archbishop Duncan for the invitation to serve him and the Province in these formative years. I am deeply indebted to Bill Roemer for his exceptional leadership as our Provincial Treasurer and am humbled by this nomination to succeed him. I also believe that Canon Lumanog is an ideal choice to assume this role of Acting Chief Operating Officer as he connects one Archbishop’s administration to the next.”
Archbishop Duncan also thanked the Executive Committee for their work: “The Provincial Office has provided invaluable support for my leadership. By addressing these transitional issues, the Executive Committee has ensured that this support will benefit the next Archbishop from his very first day, and enable him to carry on the work of the Province immediately.”