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Council of Elders Chooses President

June 24, 2010

Council of Elders Chooses President

The Council of Elders of the United Church of God, an International Association, chose Dennis Luker, longtime minister currently living in Bothell, Washington, as president at the conclusion of two days of interviews and discussions June 23 and 24.

Mr. Luker was chosen from a list of four finalists that included Gary Antion, Bill Bradford, Roy Holladay and Dennis Luker. This list was narrowed down from a list that initially numbered 39 nominees recommended by UCG elders.

Mr. Luker assumes office immediately. The Council wishes to express its deep appreciation to Mr. Holladay, who as chairman of the Council served as interim president over recent months in accordance with the UCG Constitution and Bylaws. He will assist Mr. Luker in a transition period over the next few weeks.

The Council, as the governing board of the United Church of God, congratulates Mr. Luker and looks forward to working with him in the coming years.

David M. Johnson, Secretary

June 24, 2010 - Posted by | Council of Elders, General Conference of Elders, Home Office, President's Office |


  1. My prayers certainly will be with Mr. Luker — to bring order after a stormy last 90 days.

    Comment by Richard | June 24, 2010 | Reply

  2. Congratulations to Mr. Luker and a heartfelt thank you to Mr. Holladay! Let us all set aside any differences, unite and rally behind our new president to assist him in his enormous task to take the Church to the next level! May our Father bless and guide us all!

    Comment by David W. Morker | June 24, 2010 | Reply

  3. I feel very positive about Mr. Luker’s selection as the next President of UCG. He has shown great spiritual strength in serving God and His people for many years.

    Comment by Margaret Howard | June 24, 2010 | Reply

  4. So glad a decision has been made and thankful for all those who serve in varying ways. Prayers for Mr. Luker and the council.

    Comment by Lorelei Nettles | June 24, 2010 | Reply

  5. I’m really pleased with the choice! Mr. Luker was our Minister here in Phoenix many years ago. The Lukers really served us all well here and left a very positive impression!

    Comment by David Alan Jutson | June 24, 2010 | Reply

  6. Congratulations Mr. Luker! Thanks to everyone, as being functioning parts of the Body. 🙂 May God bless us all and be guided always, whatever fire we may pass may pass through.

    Comment by Cecile Cinco | June 24, 2010 | Reply

  7. The very best to Mr. Luker! He has his work cut out. I pray he can bring order to UCG’s operations and help repair the anarchy that has occurred since before the days of ULB 2010. I pray the same for the COE.

    Comment by Victor Goforth | June 24, 2010 | Reply

  8. Yay Team! I think we all will benefit from this decision! Mr. Luker knows a lot about servant leadership and hopefully the whole body of called-out-ones will learn the concept thoroughly & practice it with greater success because of his example! My prayers go with everyone involved with this change.

    Comment by Judy Flavin | June 25, 2010 | Reply

  9. Why it is not possible to post in the previous item concerning the Changes in Latin American Administration? what are you afraid of concerning this topic? This blog was supposed to be a transparent tool for every member in the church, but you still keep us blocked!

    Comment by John Peters | June 25, 2010 | Reply

  10. Mr. Luker is a marvelous choice.

    Comment by Susan Durnil | June 25, 2010 | Reply

  11. I want to thank Mr. Holladay (and his wife Norma) for the fruit born in his interim capacity as president and the Council of Elders in their leadership roles together with all those ministers who were considered in the selection process for the presidency and last of all for all the spiritual prayers from the brethren. The Ancient of Days and His Holy One are great in might, power and strength and they will lead us to fulfill their good pleasure in us to their glory and our glory and for the glory of humanity. Congratulations Mr. Luker – may our Father and His Holy One hold your hand and keep you (and your wife) in your new responsibility of service to them and the brethren.

    Comment by dwight stewart | June 26, 2010 | Reply

  12. I am fully behind this promotion but with a note of sadness for us in the Northwest because we will miss him and his wife and their great presence here, especially at the Women’s Retreats. God’s will be done.

    Comment by Susan Rentz | June 26, 2010 | Reply

  13. I am so thankful for this choice! Mr. & Mrs. Luker are lovely people.

    Mr. Luker should be someone who is respected and esteemed by all in the General Conference of Elders …… and, therefore, help with healing the divisions within the ranks of the ministry.

    I remember a statement Mr. Luker made early on (circa 1995-97) about working together and putting the group goal above our own personal goals.

    Comment by Lee Dolby | June 26, 2010 | Reply

  14. que represiòn estan como chavez en venezuela que nadie le puede decir nada, que triste …so sad… no borren los comentarios, dont be afraid

    Comment by jose carmen martinez | June 27, 2010 | Reply

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