Rachel was a delegate to the Anglican Church in North America’s Inaugural Assembly in 2009, and since that time has also served as a delegate to Provincial Council, Gafcon (Nairobi), and the Global South (Cairo). For the last 10 months Rachel has been working overseas for the International Justice Mission (IJM) combatting the online sexual exploitation of children.
“I am thrilled to join the provincial staff. It is a privilege and great joy! I love the Anglican Church. I love her people. The Lord is moving mightily in our Church, and I am looking forward to serving her in this capacity,“ Thebeau said.
The Rev. Canon Andrew Gross, Canon for Communications and Media Relations commented, “The Anglican Church in North America is blessed to have some really talented people, and we had a strong group of candidates apply for this position. I’m delighted that Rachel is coming on board. She has a servant’s heart, a diverse skill set, and a love for Anglicanism both in North America and globally.”
The Anglican Church in North America is built upon the principle of subsidiarity, which in practical terms includes the recognition that most of the ministry of the Church takes place through individuals, congregations, and grassroots networks. Part of the work of the Provincial communications team is sharing with the whole Church the best of what is being developed locally.
Canon Gross is excited about the future: “From a communications standpoint, we are just scratching the surface of what is possible. The province continues to grow, and with it the sheer volume of information coming from our task forces and various grassroots initiatives has increased exponentially. Rachel will be working with me to help share these resources. It will require a coordinated effort between members, staff, volunteers, and freelancers. It is an exciting time to be an Anglican in North America.”
Please keep Rachel in your prayers as she finishes up her work with IJM and begins her new role with the Province.