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UPDATE: United Church of God Presidential Selection

April 23, 2013

Dear fellow elders and church members,

We are pleased to announce the final nominees being considered for president of the United Church of God, an International Association. As with everything in the United Church of God, this selection process remains a “whole church effort.” Our membership has been praying for God’s guidance upon the General Conference of Elders (GCE) to put forth names of godly men in this selection process that would be humble, loving, wise and bold in moving forward the mission of the United Church of God to “preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God, make disciples in all nations, and care for those disciples.”

The GCE put forth the names of 27 men—of which 13 allowed their names to go forward and submitted their resumes for the Council of Elders to consider. All of these gentlemen, along with their wives, are wonderful servants of God and are out there every day in your midst sharing their lives with you. We thank them for their desire to serve their brethren.

The Council of Elders reviewed the nomination resumes of those 13 men and has each cast one ballot for a nominee, along with why each endorses that individual. The Council of Elders chairman (Robin Webber), the chairman of the Roles and Rules Committee (Gary Antion), and the corporate secretary (Gerald Seelig), reviewed the results and are pleased to announce the final lists of individuals to be considered for president of the United Church of God. They are in alphabetical order: Bill Bradford, Aaron Dean, Roy Holladay, Victor Kubik, Darris McNeely, and Randy Stiver. After prayer and fasting, the Council of Elders will interview them in person on May 6 and deliberate among themselves on May 7. Final selection for a new chief executive will be on May 8. Normally a new president immediately assumes office for a three-year term that can be renewed with Council approval.

In this discussion about men and process, let us always keep in full view the ultimate leader of the Church. Let us consider the words of Hebrews 3:1: “Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus.” Indeed, our Heavenly Father has set His Son, alone, to be our ultimate guide, inspiration, example and constant companion. At the same time, we need a man to guide and direct the daily activities of a worldwide endeavor to share the good news of God’s plan of salvation for humanity.

A president does have an impact on an organization by his cooperation with the direction of the Council of Elders, his loving Christ-like example among the employees and membership, his zeal and dedication towards fulfilling the mission of the Church, his ability to motivate our members in word and deed, and his example of reaching out to all in the Body of Christ. We invite you to join the Council in prayer and fasting in the weeks to come towards this end that God will direct the selection of such an individual, among so many fine and qualified gentlemen, “for such a time as now.”

In Christian Love,

Robin Webber—Chairman

Gary Antion—Chairman, Roles and Rules Committee

April 23, 2013 - Posted by | Council of Elders | , , ,

6 Comments »

  1. Eph 4:25 Therefore putting away lying, let every man speak the truth one to another….
    If the general council of elders GCE put forth 27 men, and 13 of those agreed to be considered for the job, why is the council COE allowed to interfere with that? (summarily remove 7 men) Wouldn’t it be wiser to just allow the general council of elders GCE to vote and select the president from the remaining 13 men? After all, that is how the council COE members themselves are elected. I would feel MUCH better about having the president selected and voted upon by ALL of the elders in the church, the general council of elders GCE, not just the few on the COE. That way favoritism and political alignment could be avoided, and the integrity of the process would remain intact. Have we not learned anything?

    Comment by Older Member | April 24, 2013 | Reply

    • In a sense the GCE is choosing. The council is chosen to represent the GCE. The GCE only meets once a year and the council is chosen to make these decisions through the year and to make decisions that require much attention. The president selection process is also in the constitution and by-laws. Every elder agrees to work within the framework of those documents. So the council is not interfering. There are only problems and issues when an elder goes back on their agreement in terms of the constitution and bylaws.

      Comment by Rudy Rangel | April 26, 2013 | Reply

      • It would be good to read the explanation of why the seven men were removed. At least explain the process (if the explanation is a bit personal) of why or how the seven men were removed. The process, any process, is flawed due to flawed human beings. The goal is to choose someone qualified to do the job. Voting by a large number of people is going to have a significant percentage of people voting that neither know the qualifications for the job or the individuals being voted for in the needed depth to vote intelligently.

        Comment by Jim Butler | April 26, 2013 | Reply

  2. The bottom line is that all of us should praying for the will of God to be done, in the name of Jesus Christ!
    To clear up the confusion, could there be some kind of explanation as to why the 7 were removed from consideration? It appears that all of the remaining 13 were/are qualified for the job? Maybe the Coe could have just interviewed all of the 13, to avoid any perception of a problem? While none of us should be looking for a problem, let’s just make sure everything is as transparent as possible. That way the whole body is together on this, and there is no room for the devil to divide us!

    Comment by Jim#2 | April 26, 2013 | Reply

  3. God is in charge. He raises up leaders, and will place whom He wants at the time He wants. I hope we are all praying that the new president will work together for our good, so that we may continue in the work and grow as a church.

    Comment by Hope | April 26, 2013 | Reply


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