Canon Huw Thomas, MBE, EDA Chairman 2009 -2017 has retired from the chair but, as Bishop’s Commissary, remains a committee member. He is followed as chair by Bishop Bill Musk who was elected at the AGM in June, 2017.
The Rt Revd Dr Bill Musk was Assistant Bishop for North Africa in the Anglican/Episcopal Diocese of Egypt with North Africa & the Horn of Africa and also Rector of St George’s Church, Tunis from 2008 until his retirement at the end of 2015.
Bill was ordained in 1981 and served for six-and-a-half years at All Saints’ Cathedral, Cairo in Egypt.
Bill had previously had responsibility within Living Bibles International for its Middle East work, covering countries/languages from Afghanistan to Morocco, Turkey to Egypt, and had also worked with Operation Mobilisation and Middle East Media.
In 1988 Bill and his wife Hilary were selected as CMS mission partners to work with the (then) Islam in Africa Project based in Ibadan, Nigeria. While waiting, for nearly a year, for a visa that never materialised he worked in the CMS Personnel Department and did research into mission partners’ service patterns.
Within the UK, Bill served for seven years as Team Vicar of St Peter’s, Maghull and then for eleven years as Vicar of Holy Trinity and St Matthias, a multi-ethnic church in Tulse Hill, south London.
Bill is a well-known Islamicist and the author of several books: The Unseen Face of Islam, Touching the Soul of Islam, Holy War, Kissing Cousins? and The Certainty Trap.
He and Hilary live now on the south coast of the UK. They have four adult children and five grandchildren (so far!).