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Rhodes: Next COE Chairman

May 6, 2010

Melvin and Diane Rhodes

CINCINNATI, OHIO — The Council of Elders elected Melvin Rhodes to be their next chairman with his term to begin July 1. After several rounds of discussion and balloting Mr. Rhodes was chosen. Melvin and his wife, Diane, are from Lansing, Michigan.

Outgoing chairman and interim president, Roy Holladay, was presented with a gift of thanks by the Council for his service. Mr. Holladay’s term as chairman, interim president and councilor ends June 30.

In addition, outgoing councilor Victor Kubik was presented with a gift thanking him for his service on the Council, which also ends June 30. Mr. Kubik has served continuously on the Council of Elders since the formation of the United Church of God in 1995.  No other council member remains with that length of continuous service.

The wives of both men, Norma Holladay and Beverly Kubik, joined their husbands at the lectern for the presentations.

Roy Holladay also asked Gary Antion into the meeting to receive a plaque for his seven and a half years of Council service from 1996 through 2003. When Mr. Antion was not reelected to the Council in 2003, he was not presented with the customary plaque and Mr. Holladay apologized for the oversight.

Peter Eddington, Media and Communications Services

May 6, 2010 - Posted by | Council of Elders |


  1. I was wondering why the council wouldn’t wait until the new council members were seated to elect a new chairman

    Comment by ROXANNA YOST | May 6, 2010 | Reply

  2. i think that is a very good choice, all the very best in the new role Mr Rhodes and thanks to messrs Kubik and Holladay for their service.

    Comment by paul spenser | May 6, 2010 | Reply

  3. Bylaws section 8.2.1. required the next chairman to be chosen at this meeting of the Council. That section states in part:

    The meeting of the Council of Elders immediately following the annual meeting of the General Conference of Elders, in the year in which the term of the chairman expires, is when the election for the chairman shall be conducted. The election for that office shall be the last order of business at that meeting of the Council of Elders. The chairman whose term is ending shall open and conduct the meeting and the secretary shall conduct the election. In the chairman’s absence, or on his refusal or failure to open that meeting, the secretary shall open the meeting and conduct the election. The two (2)-year term for the newly elected or re-elected chairman shall commence on the first day of the new fiscal year following the chairman’s election.

    Comment by Mark Rorem | May 6, 2010 | Reply

  4. From Bylaw 8.2.1 “The meeting of the Council of Elders immediately following the annual meeting of the General Conference of Elders, in the year in which the term of the chairman expires, is when the election for the chairman shall be conducted. The election for that office shall be the last order of business at that meeting of the Council of Elders.”

    In my opinion, since Mr. Holladay will not be a COE member after July 1, his term was probably considered to be “expiring.”

    Comment by Matthew Fenchel | May 6, 2010 | Reply

  5. I am constantly reminded of the echoes of the Son of Man when He moved Isaiah through the Holy Spirit, to write about His glory which He has always had with our Father and how that He is always there to help us for He is GREAT in POWER and MIGHT and just as He RELIED and TRUSTED in His and our Father when He came the FIRST TIME, He also commands us to RELY and TRUST in our FATHER and in Him also. “Why when I came, was there no man? Why, when I called, was there none to answer? Is My hand shortened at all that it cannot redeem? Or have I no power to deliver? Indeed with My rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness, their fish stink because there is no water, and die of thirst. I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth their covering……Who among you FEARS the LORD? Who obeys the voice of His Servant? Who walks in DARKNESS and has no LIGHT? LET HIM TRUST IN THE NAME OF THE LORD AND RELY UPON HIS GOD…….(Isa. 50:2-11).” We serve an ALL POWERFUL FATHER together with HIS HOLY ONE who will look out for the Church as we RELY and TRUST in them – THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR VISION AND PRAYERFUL DETERMINATION TO REMAIN IN THE GOVERNANCE GUIDELINES WHICH WERE SET DOWN IN THE SCRIPTURES BY THE SON OF MAN AND BY THE WISDOM THAT WAS GIVEN TO THE APOSTLE PAUL IN ORDER THAT WE MAY UNDERSTAND IN FULL THE OPERATION AND THE WORK OF OUR FATHER’S AND HIS HOLY ONE’S HANDS SO THAT WE MAY EFFECTIVELY PREACH THE GOOD NEWS OF THE KINGDOM – FEED AND PROTECT THE FLOCK – PRESERVE THE ASSETS HE GIVES US – FROM THE ADVERSARY, WHO WILL SOON MAKE THE WORLD AS A WILDERNESS AND DESTROY ITS CITIES – BUT WE KNOW THEY WILL MAKE A SHORT WORK UPON THIS EARTH AS THEY HAVE TOLD US. THANK YOU FOR YOUR FAITHFULNESS – THEY WILL CONTINUE TO LEAD US WITH STRENGTH AND MIGHT THROUGH THEIR SPIRIT AS WE RELY AND TRUST IN THEM.

    Comment by dwight stanley stewart | May 6, 2010 | Reply

  6. Are the Kilough’s going to be honored in some way for thier service as Presdent and on the Council?

    Comment by Rhonda Waddle | May 6, 2010 | Reply

    • Hi Rhonda,

      Doug Horchak was absent this afternoon from the Council meetings, but a very nice gift of thanks has been prepared for him as well. Roy Holladay already presented Clyde and Dee Kilough a wonderful gift and plaque when Mr. Kilough resigned from the Council a few months ago. Richard Thompson was honored similarly.

      Comment by United Church of God | May 6, 2010 | Reply

      • What about something for his service as President?

        Comment by Rhonda Waddle | May 6, 2010 | Reply

  7. Rhonda, Shhh. (It’s a surprise….)

    Comment by United Church of God | May 6, 2010 | Reply

  8. Why is Mr Kilough not given recognition for his service? If he is deemed worthy to go into the field to minister then there should be no reason for him to be overlooked. Also, why are we left in the dark as to what is going on?

    Comment by Judy Hooper | May 7, 2010 | Reply

    • Judy, shhhh. (That’s a question you’re not supposed to ask…)

      We’re left in the dark because there’s only one class of members in the corporation, and those are ordained men. The “membership” are ancilliary hangers-on to the corporation. We’re “stakeholders” without a stake. We don’t matter. They don’t tell us anything because they don’t have to.

      Comment by Susan Jones | May 8, 2010 | Reply

      • Sad but so often feel that is true… 😦
        It wasn’t that way in ’95-’96

        Comment by Jerrit Ekama | May 8, 2010 | Reply

      • I just want to agree with Susan; in the beginning of United Church of God everything was out in the open. There were not ” executive sessions” unless it was pertaining to employment or something along those lines. I believe when this secret stuff started that started all of the problems

        Comment by ROXANNA YOST | May 10, 2010 | Reply

  9. Mr Rhodes, I have known you for many years in the Lansing & Detroit area. Your wisdom and insight, God has given you, will help to lead the Counsel of Elders as Chairman through the perilous times this nation is facing. Best wishes and prayers for all the Elders leaving, entering, and remaining in the counsel.

    Comment by Don Ellis | May 7, 2010 | Reply

  10. Alright Guys! Yahoo! One hurtle jumped over. Keep up the good work. I will continue to pray for your guys up North. I remember the struggles of yester year. Don’t forget we are family and we all need to pray for each other brethren especially for our elders. For they are the chosen ones, helpers of God our Father and our Savior Jesus Christ. They have a great responsibility and they will have to answer for their choices and actions, just as we all will have to, too. Have a great Sabbath everyone.

    Comment by Kathy S. | May 8, 2010 | Reply

  11. Actually, the United Church of God Organization did not leave us in the dark as to why certain ministers resigned their positions as administrators (ONLY). When this organization began in the 90’s they set up very responsible way of keeping the church in a safe zone, and that was to have a council of Elders (there is wisdom in the multitude of counselors)to whom the administration must get approval of any new procedures, doctrines, etc.
    When the administrators tried to pass a vote without the approval of the council, to change something that was set in place to protect the church, that is when the disagreements began. The council finally spoke up and did it’s job, which was to ask for resignations of those who were in opposition to the existing system.
    I am very pleased to see that the system works and that the council is doing it’s job. I certainly do not want to see this Organization go the same way as the last one.

    Comment by Ayleen Gray | May 8, 2010 | Reply

  12. There is a very good sermon regarding “Ther perfect Government of Christ’s Church” by Ed Dowd, on the member web site that tells it the way it is! Very good!

    Comment by Ayleen Gray | May 8, 2010 | Reply

  13. Mr. Gray, one thing you may not know is that the outline congregations don’t always recieve information right away. We just saw the video from Mr. Holliday this Sabbath. I know that memebers are left in the dark. At headquarters you are in the heart of the matter but not the outline brethren. Rumors may spread quickly but not truthful news. An example, when we relocated here to the east coast from HQ of WWCG Pasadena 12 years ago the brethren were being feed false information here in the local congregation of WWCG. We of course are not with the old group anymore and are now with UCGiAI. Not everyone has the internet to read the posted articles. Just the same I am glad one hurtle has past and there is organization within the churches structure. For God our Father is not the author of confusion but our Advesary is. Have a good week Mr. Gary.

    Comment by Kathy S. | May 8, 2010 | Reply

  14. What was the vote tally?

    Comment by Victor Goforth | May 23, 2010 | Reply

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