GCFA Board for 2017-2020 Quadrennium Holds First Meeting
GCFA Welcomes New Board of Directors
Nashville, TN – The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) Board of Directors met in Nashville July 27-29 to induct the new board of directors and provide orientation for their work for the quadrennium. The GCFA Board consists of 21 members – 16 nominated by the Council of Bishops and elected at General Conference and 5 selected by the Board itself. One person elected by the General Conference has since been elected a bishop and therefore will be replaced.
Bishop Marcus Matthews, recently elected Executive Secretary for the Council of Bishops, and currently the episcopal leader for the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference, conducted the induction ceremony. The elected officers of the board are: Bishop Michael McKee of the North Texas Annual Conference was elected as the President of the Board. Christine Dodson, the Treasurer for the North Carolina Annual Conference was elected Vice-President and Judy Colorado of the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference was elected as Recording Secretary.
The Board elected Moses Kumar to serve as General Secretary and Treasurer of the General Council on Finance and Administration. Bishop Michael McKee, President of the Board, said “the members of the Board are looking forward to our time together in this ministry. The expertise and commitment of the Board and staff reassures me that our church leadership is focused first on making disciples and then on how we can effectively work in the ministry of administration to do so.” The Board also approved a sabbatical leave for General Secretary Kumar to begin in 2017.
To begin the meeting, on July 27 at McKendree UMC in Nashville, the Board and several staff members participated in a “Stop Hunger Now” campaign. Over $2,900 was raised and the team packed 10,000 meals during the event. “Stop Hunger Now”, a General Board of Global Ministries Advance Special (#982795), works to end hunger around the world.
Regarding the Episcopal Fund distribution for support of bishops, the board determined that in regards to the election and consecration of all bishops, the Board of Directors of GCFA will continue to follow its existing policies pertaining to the compensation and benefits of bishops unless or until such time that the Judicial Council rules differently.
Moses Kumar, General Secretary and Treasurer of GCFA on the organization of the Board said, “The Church is blessed with leaders who faithfully lend their time and talents to the connectional ministries of our board and agencies. We praise God for the principled Christian leaders who have agreed to serve on our board and we look forward to developing the ministry of administration with them.”