Bp. David Hamid

ARCIC II (Secretary, 1996-2001), IARCCUM (Secretary, 2001), IARCCUM (Consultant, 2002-2008), IARCCUM (Co-Chair, 2011-) and Malines Conversations Group (Member, 2013-)

Suffragan bishop of the Church of England’s Diocese of Europe, formerly staff at Anglican Communion Office.

Bishop David was born in Scotland to Scottish and Burmese parents, he spent much of his younger life in Canada. He was educated at McMaster University and Trinity College of the University of Toronto, and was ordained in the diocese of Niagara where he served as a curate then parish priest, developing strong interests in church growth, ecumenical lay formation, and ministry among refugees and migrants.

In 1996, he moved to London to become Director of Ecumenical Affairs and Studies of the Anglican Consultative Council, responsible for the official dialogues and relations with Baptist, Lutheran, Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches, as well the doctrinal commissions of the Anglican Communion. He has been a consultant to the WCC Faith and Order Commission and to the Joint Working Group between the WCC and the Roman Catholic Church and a member of the Continuation Committee of the movement to establish a Global Christian Forum.

After 22 years as deacon and priest, he became suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Europe and was consecrated bishop on 17 October 2002. He served in this role for a further 22 years until retirement in 2024. He was the ACO staff person for ecumenical affairs at the time that IARCCUM was established, and he became a consultant to IARCCUM after becoming bishop. He was named IARCCUM co-chair in 2011 and served in this role until his retirement. He has also been an active participant in the Malines Conversations Group.