The Church of Pakistan was formally inaugurated on All Saints Day, 1970 by official delegates from the following Churches of Pakistan:
- CIPBC (Anglican Communion in Pakistan), Diocese of Dacca, Karachi and Lahore;
- UMCP (United Methodists in Pakistan), Conferences; Indus River Annual Conference, Karachi Provisional An. Conf;
- UCNIP (United Church of Pakistan), Church Councils : Rajshahi and Sialkot; and
- PLC (Pakistani Lutheran Church).
The Church of Pakistan was formally declared to be the legal and spiritual heir and successor of each and all of the Churches. This act of covenant was declared to be irrevocable, and the Union was considered indissoluble. The Inauguration of the Church of Pakistan was made on the basis of the Plan of Union finalized in March 1965, which was the fourth revision, the previous editions of the Plan having been issued in 1951, 1954 and 1957.
Work on these Plans was begun at the Round-Table Conference in the year 1929, but its sources can be traced to the movement of the Holy Spirit in the Churches that found expression in the Edinburgh Conference, 1910, the meeting in Traquebar in 1919, and the appeal of the Lambeth Conference in 1920.
The Churches that contributed in the Plan are the Baptists, Brethren, Disciples, Anglicans, non-Episcopal Methodists, and Episcopal Methodists, and the United Church (mainly Presbyterian and Congregational). The Lutherans accepted the Constitution without having participated in the negotiations.
The Diocese of Peshawar was created in 1980. it is one of the largest Diocese in the country in terms of area. Its territory coincides with the North West Frontier Province, is one of the eight (8) Dioceses that make up the Church of Pakistan.
The Diocese of Peshawar has solid infrastructure, enough volunteers, and full time workers to carry out the work of the Diocese. All the volunteers and workers contribute their time, skills and energy for the survival and the identity of the Church in this part of the world.
The Christian Community in the Frontier Province is nearly 100,000 with almost 50% from the Church of Pakistan, 40% Catholics, and another 10% Brethren, Full Gospel, Bible Church, and Anglican Orthodox.
Most Christians are ethnically Punjabis, being the descendants of the camp-followers of British Army of the late 19th century. They are mainly employed in menial work who form about at 80% of the Christian community.
Most Christians have been unable to improve their social and economic status. They remain unskilled, poorly educated, and economically are poorest of the poor.
At the time of Afghan Refugees influx, the Diocese of Peshawar was the first one to respond to the situation through its medical teams, and the volunteers for relief operation.
In addition to different humanitarian services, the Diocese feels proud to be the pioneer to introduce the following in the North West Frontier Province:
- Care and Rehabilitation for the Leprosy Patients
- First School, Resource and Training Base for the Mentally challenged children.
- Centre for the Physically Disabled with Community Directed Approaches.
- HIV/AIDS Awareness project.
- Diocesan Medical, Educational and Community development services have gained a considerable recognition in the country.
The Rt. Rev. Humphrey Peters is the Bishop of the Diocese of Peshawar. Bishop Humphrey was born in Bannu, which is the heartland of Taliban country where he was raised and educated. A long time lay leader in the Church of Pakistan, Bishop Peters was ordained to the diaconate on July 5, 2009 by Letters Dimissory of the Bishop of Peshawar by the Bishop of Buckingham in St Mary’s, Aylesbury, and to the priesthood by Bishop Ramulshah. The former General Secretary of the Church of Pakistan, Bishop Peters has also served as the church’s delegate to the Anglican Consultative Council.
The Diocese of Peshawar’s ministry is distinctive because her focus is not limited solely to ministering to the followers of Jesus in the churches, but the church pursues a Ministry of Reconciliation where Christians in the Diocese of Peshawar reach out to the majority Muslim community with service and friendship – with the goal that their respective faiths should bring them together in relationship and dialogue as a witness to One God and One Humanity.
Assisting Bishop Humphrey’s ministry is Bishop Emeritus the Rt. Rev. Mano Rumalshah. Bishop Mano provides leadership Bridges Sister Organization in Pakistan – SUM (Society for the Underprivileged and Marginalized), a NGO created to enable support to go directly to the people in need. A native Pakistani, Bishop Mano served for many years as the General Secretary of the London-based United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, being the oldest mission’s agency of the Anglican Communion.