New NCC Associate General Secretary!

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.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
        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





NCC News contact: Dan Webster,

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