Congratulations to the good General Garland Pierce! Garland served as staff (and former member) to the Ecumenical Young Adult Ministries Team for the last decade or so. It has been good to work with him, and welcome news to hear of his promotion to Associate General Secretary. Blessings on Garland.
New Orleans, May 22, 2006 – The Rev.
Garland F. Pierce, an African Methodist Episcopal clergyman with years
of experience in the ecumenical movement, has been named Associate
General Secretary of the National Council of Churches USA for the
Education and Leadership Ministries Commission.
Pierce was elected during the meeting of the NCC
Governing Board here on May 22. He succeeds the Rev. Patrice Rosner who
is leaving the position to become director of Churches Uniting in
Christ, headquartered in St. Louis.
Rosner and NCC General Secretary, the Rev. Dr.
Bob Edgar, praised the selection of Pierce.
"I want to thank you for the gift of who you
elected as my successor," Rosner told the Governing Board as she opened
farewell presents during a luncheon in her honor.
"I know of few people who are more dedicated to
the visible unity of the church or who have more gifts to bring to their
ministry," Edgar said.
Garland F. Pierce has been active in the
leadership of the World Council of Churches since 1995, when he joined
the staff of the WCC U.S. Office in New York. His travels
during his tenure as a member of the staff, and later as an AME delegate
and member of the Commission on World Mission and Evangelism, included
meetings in Brazil, Zimbabwe, Thailand, Tonga, Cuba, Greece and
Before he joined the WCC U.S. Office, Pierce was
Youth Minister at Greater Bethel AME Church in Nashville
from 1994-1995. He was a curriculum Resource Specialist in the AME
Department of Christian Education in Nashville from 1993-1995.
Pierce holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from
Furman University, Greenville, S.C., and the Master of
Divinity degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville. He is a Ph.D
candidate at Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, Calif. He was
interim director of the Claremont McNair Scholars Program in 2002.
Pierce joined the National Council of Churches
staff in 2003 as associate director of the Education and Leadership
Ministries Commission. His responsibilities have included program
ministry administration and planning, program interpretation, advocacy
for Christian education, staff support for the NCC Inclusiveness and
Justice Standing Committee, and staff support to NCC General Assembly
Caucuses, Young Adult, Racial/Ethnic, and Historic Black
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