Currently, the Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil is under the primatial care of the Most Rev. Francisco de Assis da Silva.
Francisco de Assis da Silva was born in the city of Olinda, on the 5th of September in 1959. He is the son of Severino Pereira da Silva and Severina Felix da Silva. Shortly afterward the family moved to Joao Pessoa. He is married to Talita Tochetto Olders.
He did his theological studies at the Baptist Theological Seminary of the North, in Recife. He has a degree in law from the Federal University of Paraiba (UFPB), and has a master’s degree in political science from the Federal University of Pernambuco. He was confirmed at Church of the Most Holy Trinity in Recife, by Bishop Edmund Sherril in 1984. He was ordained to the deaconate on the 13th of January in 1991, and was ordained a priest on the 7th of December of the same year by Bishop Clovis Erly Rodrigues.
From 1991 to 1995 he was the coordinator of the Anglican Center of Theological Studies (originally Anglican Seminary of Theological Study – SAET.) Between 1992 and 1995, he was also parish priest at Church of the Good Samaritan in Recife. From 1995 to 1997, he was parish priest at Church of St. Maria in Belem do Para, and assumed the functions as director of the Kennedy School in the same city.
In 1997 he was invited to be the first coordinator for CEA – Center of Anglican Studies, a position in which he remained until 2001. In this same period of time, he also gave classes at the Theological Seminary in Porto Alegre (SETEK) in the field of History of Christian Thought. Between 2001 and 2006 he was parish priest at Church of All Saints in Novo Hamburgo. At this same time, he worked at the Ecumenical Center of Training and Consultancy (CECA), becoming its Executive Secretary.
In 2003 at Provincial Synod, he was elected to be President of the Chamber of Clergy and Laity, with an inter-synodical term. In 2006, he was chosen by the Primate and confirmed by the XXX Synod of the Episcopal Anglican Church in Brazil (IEAB) to become Provincial Secretary, being reaffirmed for a second term at the following synod.
He has been a collaborator in various ecumenical organizations, currently member of the national coordination for the Ecumenical Forum – Brazil (FÉ-Brasil), Vice Moderator of ACT International, and most recently, as Vice President of CONIC (National Council of Christian Churches). He was elected as diocesan bishop of the Diocese of the Southwest at the council which took place on 24 of October, 2010. He is the current Primate of the Episcopal Anglican Church in Brazil, elected at the XXXII synod of the IEAB, on the 16th of November, 2013.
Contrary to common belief outside Brazil, the Primate of Brazil is not an Archbishop. The primate accumulates this position with the office of a diocesan bishop, in a manner similar to other provinces, such as the Scottish Episcopal Church.
His predecessors were:
- 2006-2013 - The Most Rev. Maurício José Araújo de Andrade (together with the Anglican Diocese of Brasília)
- 2003-2006 - The Most Rev. Orlando Santos de Oliveira (together with the Southern Brazil Diocese)
- 1993-2003 - The Most Rev. Glauco Soares de Lima (together with the Anglican Diocese of São Paulo)
- 1986-1992 - The Most Rev. Olavo Ventura Luiz
- 1972-1984 - The Most Rev. Arthur Rodolpho Kratz
- 1965-1971 - The Most Rev. Egmont Machado Krischke