The Rev. Andrew Harper was named head of ethics at charities-specialist Epworth Investment Management, a spokesman said.
The position is new and effective Tuesday.
Mr. Harper is responsible for all matters related to the ethical performance and thought leadership for Epworth, which runs about £1.3 billion ($1.8 billion) in assets, and for parent firm the Central Finance Board of the Methodist Church.
Epworth is boosting its expertise across its investment strategy and ethical investment functions by creating two new positions — Mr. Harper's and also a chief investment strategist position. Both positions report to CEO David Palmer. Further details on the chief investment strategist position were not available.
The changes are part of the "natural development of Epworth Investment Management as the organization grows, takes on new clients and mandates," the spokesman said.
While Christian ethics have always been at the center of Epworth's investment strategy, the new position will enable the manager to be better-positioned to champion the ethical requirements of its clients, a news release said. It will also ensure the manager remains a good steward of investors' assets through its Christian ethical investment process and allows Epworth to further support its external engagement with churches, charities and wider ethical networks.
"We're delighted to be welcoming Andrew to Epworth and the Central Finance Board of the Methodist Church. His deep understanding of the theology of investment and practical experience in the field will be invaluable assets to our team and will support the evolution of our ethical understanding, standards and engagement," Mr. Palmer said in the news release.
Mr. Harper was director of global and learning innovation at Cliff College, a graduate and postgraduate evangelical learning community that is part of the Methodist Church.
A spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment.