World Council of Churches

A worldwide fellowship of churches seeking unity, a common witness and Christian service

Former presidents and officers of the WCC

Dr Mary Tanner

WCC president from Europe

Dr Mary Tanner, of the Church of England, has contributed to the ecumenical movement in a variety of ways throughout the years. She has been a member of the WCC Faith and Order Commission since 1974, serving as its moderator from 1991 to 1998. She has also been a member of the Special Commission on Orthodox Participation in the WCC since its establishing in 1998. Tanner has been involved in various ecumenical conversations on behalf of her church, including the Anglican-Roman conversation. From 1982 to 1998 she was active within the Church of England body which ultimately became the Council for Christian Unity, serving as its general secretary from 1991 to 1998.

Tanner was named a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for services to the Worldwide Anglican Church on New Year 2008.

Read an interview with Dr Mary Tanner