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New President Selection Process

May 12, 2010

Selection Process for New President

At its recent May meetings, the Council of Elders approved a process and timeline for selecting a new president. The criteria and qualities that we are looking for in the next president were approved during the meetings. According to the governing documents, it is the responsibility of the Council, before God, to select the president, but we seek the input and wisdom of the General Conference of Elders in making this important decision. There could be several men in the ministry qualified to serve as president, but the Council may not be aware of them. Therefore, we have asked the ministry to recommend candidates for this position.

The Council will be going about the process of selecting the president in a systematic and timely manner. We are sincerely seeking God’s direction, so we ask that the membership pray and fast for His will to be made known. We too, will be beseeching God through prayer and fasting. We look forward to the support and participation of the membership in this process.

If the selection process extends beyond June 30, the newly elected Council Chairman, Melvin Rhodes, will become Interim President on July 1. With the cooperation of the previous Interim President, Roy Holladay, (whose occupancy of that position terminates on June 30), Mr Rhodes would act as Interim President until such time as the new President assumes office.

Qualities, Skills and Experience

The following are some of the personal qualities, skills and experience that will help in identifying potential candidates for the position of President of UCGIA.

The President must be an ordained elder who clearly lives by and displays the characteristics of a church leader as described in 1 Timothy 3:1-7. He should be deeply converted and humble, with undoubted spiritual and doctrinal integrity. He should strive to adhere to ethical, social and organizational norms in his business, church and private life. He would also have proven ability and experience in public speaking, written, and oral communication.

He is committed to the vision and mission of the Church and strongly supports the governance model established in the Constitution and Bylaws.  He has a clear view of the global role of the Church and an appreciation of the different needs and sensitivities of international areas.

He should maintain a mature, professional approach and attitude at all times and have a reputation for getting things done and is prepared to render judgments, make decisions based on logical assumptions and factual information. He is skilled at organizing and implementing programs and is open to new ideas and alternative courses of action.

He possesses a good understanding of the strategic and operation planning processes of the Church, as well as its management, administrative and operational structure.

He is very approachable and makes it easy for individuals to have access to him. He listens, and is skilled at conflict resolution—always seeking outcomes that are the best solutions for all parties. As a team builder and team player, he is collaborative and cooperative and seeks input from others as needed.

The process and timeline for the selection of the new president is linked below in both a JPEG and PDF file for your information.

Roy Holladay

Interim President/Council of Elders Chairman

PDF Download: Process and Timeline for Selection of President

May 12, 2010 - Posted by | Council of Elders, General Conference of Elders, President's Office | ,


  1. I can’t help but be struck by the paragraph which mentions I Timothy 3. How many of those traits do you think Saul/Paul possessed, when God turned him into an apostle?

    Comment by Richard | May 12, 2010 | Reply

    • …and then Paul turned around and wrote these requirements to Timothy and Titus. Of course I believe God inspired Paul to write this, but I also can’t help thinking Paul realized “I met Christ. He is One who can call and change people. I’m not Him!”

      Comment by Clint | May 12, 2010 | Reply

    • …or how about Elisha, Amos, Jeremiah, Gideon, Jepthah, Deborah, or Hulda (the last two were women–shudder!)? May God choose and select the next president of the UCGIA Inc and may the collective eldership of the UCGIA Inc be willing to follow that leader whom God selects.

      Comment by Tim McCaulley | May 12, 2010 | Reply

  2. I was wondering why could the process not be extended 6 days to allow the final vote to be on July 1st with the new Council?

    Comment by Rhonda Waddle | May 17, 2010 | Reply

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