Dr. Rev. Andrea Zaki was unanimously elected the President of the Evangelical Church in Egypt in succession to Dr.Rev. Safwat Bayadi, who just ended his term.
This came during a meeting of the General Council of the Evangelical Church, held at the headquarters of the Presidency of the Evangelical Church, to vote on the positions of the President and Vice President via a confidential ballot of the 18 Council members.
The evangelical Church is the second largest church in Egypt after the Coptic Orthodox Church in terms of the congregation. It includes 18 sects, amongst which is the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, the oldest of the sects.
Dr. Zaki, married with 3 children, was born in 1960. He earned many degrees including: a Ph.D. in Religions and Politics from University of Manchester, UK in 2003. His thesis was about “Political Islam, Citizenship, and Minorities – The Future of Arab Christians in the Middle East”. He also earned a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Eastern University in Pennsylvania, U.S.A. in 1994, and a Diploma in Social Development from Coady International Institute, St. Francis Xavier University in Canada in 1988. He got a Bachelor of Theology from Cairo Evangelical Seminary in Egypt.
Dr. Zaki is also the president of the Evangelical Fellowship in the Middle East that gather members of the Evangelical Churches in Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Palestine. He is also a member of many national, regional and international organizations.
Dr. Zaki played an important role in January and June revolutions, through transferring reality of the situation in Egypt to the foreign community, either through media interviews on national and international channels, or adopting public diplomacy through organizing various conferences attended by major political actors and decision makers in different European and American countries.
He has many publications. His latest publication is “Copts and the Revolution”; a book addressing a variety of issues related to January 25, 2011 and 30 June 2013 revolutions. It also discusses the situation of Copts in Egypt, their relationships with the community and the regime, and their roles in the revolutions that shook all corners of Egypt and its people despite of their different religious beliefs, economic situation, or political affiliation. The book will be available at all public and Christian bookstore alike.
Dr. Zaki expressed his gratitude to Dr. Bayadi for his role in serving the church and the nation throughout his presidency for 18 years. He mentioned that there are many challenges to consider including the importance of finding a concrete common ground between the evangelical church and other churches in Egypt as well as the Christian-Islamic relations, stressing the importance of dialogue. He also highlighted the importance of supporting the role of Copts in the society, especially the important role the Coptic youth played in January and June revolutions. He also stressed the importance of the Evangelical church in the social and educational work for the benefit of all citizens despite their sex, belief of religion.
Dr. Zaki will continue his mission in serving the society as CEOSS General Director.