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United Church of God Chooses Two New Men for Council of Elders

May 9, 2012

The General Conference of Elders (GCE) of the United Church of God met in Cincinnati, Ohio, May 5 through 7 for their annual meeting.

Carmelo Anastasi

Amongst other business, the GCE chose two new members for their Council of Elders: Carmelo Anastasi and Mark Mickelson. They will each serve a three-year term. Two incumbents, Scott Ashley and Melvin Rhodes, were returned for another three year term each, and two councillors decided not to run for office again: Bill Eddington and Roy Holladay.

Mark Mickelson

All items on the ballot were overwhelmingly approved by the General Conference this year. This includes the annual Strategic Plan, Operation Plan and Budget, plus a number of amendments to our governing documents. In addition, one of the approved amendments prescribes that Council of Elders’ three-year terms begin this week, so the two new members are taking office almost immediately.

More details will be written up for you in the June issue of United News.

2012-2013 COUNCIL OF ELDERS. Top from left: Mario Seiglie, John Elliott, Scott Ashley, Robin Webber, Mark Mickelson, Bill Bradford. Front from left: Carmelo Anastasi, Gary Antion, Melvin Rhodes, Darris McNeely, Robert Berendt, Donald Ward

Peter Eddington—Media and Communications Services

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  1. I checked RealTime, the UCG websites and Twitter several times for updates during the Conference. But unlike recent years, there was practically nothing.

    Was there a reason for the lack of “real-time” reports?

    Comment by Richard | May 9, 2012 | Reply

    • Richard, we’re sorry that you looked for updates and none were available. It was simply a matter of time constraints, and no other reason.

      Comment by United Church of God | May 9, 2012 | Reply

  2. Great choice! I’ve listen to Mr. Mickelson several times on sermons posted on the members web site! I’ve heard really great comments on how Mr. Anastasi works with others during the Italian Feast site! Super servers for the development of the Church and the ongoing forward movement of the Work! Moving Forward!

    Comment by David Alan Jutson | May 9, 2012 | Reply

    • I’ve had the privilege of meeting Mr. mickleson. he is a fine man who truly cares for the brethren in Africa as well as at home.

      Comment by katbird_27 | May 9, 2012 | Reply

  3. I am so excited that Mr. Mickelson has been chosen. I have known him since 1995, when he was our Minister in our area. He is a man of great conviction and humility and has stood for truth despite the contrary these years in the UCG. Great Choice.

    Comment by James Parkhill | May 10, 2012 | Reply

  4. I have never shed a tear when one of the men became a member. I did when I heard about Mark Mickelson. I was surprised with all the hats that he wears. If his sermons are a reflection of his heart and judgment, he will make decisions with wisdom, humility and discernment. He also has the added dimension of having a wider world view on preaching the gospel and feeding the flock. He is a good example of Christ-like servant leadership.

    Comment by Jeannette | May 10, 2012 | Reply

  5. I thank God for the election of the two new council members. They are in deed true and faithful servants of Christ. I pray that of all the council members will work cooperatively to fulfill the new defined vision of the Church…

    Comment by Imelda T. Talain | May 10, 2012 | Reply

  6. I thank God these two men were added to the council. Both of these mem are mature christians with a true heart of service, a love for God and mankind.

    Comment by Mary Curry | May 10, 2012 | Reply

  7. My husband and I are blessed to count ourselves as friends of Mark Mickelson. I was so ecstatic when I found out that he was chosen to be on the council that I immediately emailed him. Typical of his care for the brethren, even those of us who are not in his area, nor ordained, he immediately replied though he was not even home from the GCE yet. Mark’s being on the council, along with Don Ward who was chosen last year and who we are also blessed to be friends of, shows that United is on the right path with Christ centered servant leadership!!

    Comment by Marilyn | May 10, 2012 | Reply

  8. Praying for God, to guide all of you. Hugs sandy

    Comment by Sandy Abrell | May 10, 2012 | Reply

  9. I really think it is wonderful the adding of two more elders. It would be wonderful to have a Shepherd being involved with people that needs spiritual help that they need so badly, we haven’t had that in over 12 years and that is not good. We need to be involved in each othef’s life and be kind and loving with each other . It had been hard on us with all the splits and different people going different directions.
    We are tired of so many divisions with the people. Aren’t we suppose to be at one with one another?

    Comment by Gordon L. Grant | May 11, 2012 | Reply

    • My wife and I Love Mr. Mickelson. And his wife he had been our friend and through these long years, we have the highest respect for this amazing man we call our friend

      Comment by Gordon L. Grant | May 11, 2012 | Reply

  10. I am happy for my pastor Mr. Mickelson, God will continue to help the council of Elders. Amen

    Comment by Uwala, Moses Oluwagbemiga | June 5, 2012 | Reply

  11. Mark Michelson is a great teacher / the counsel is lucky to have him : Ed Porter

    Comment by Ed Porter | March 2, 2014 | Reply

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