Friday, April 4, 2014

New Regional Secretary for World Methodist Evangelism's Pacific Area

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Bishop B. Michael Watson, President of World Methodist Evangelism, and World Director, Dr. H. Eddie Fox, announced and installed Dr. Richard Waugh as World Methodist Evangelism Regional Secretary in the Pacific area. Dr. Waugh joins the Regional Secretaries of World Methodist Evangelism in Africa, Europe, Asia, Pacific and the Americas.  Dr. Manase Tafea from Tonga previously served effectively for many years as Regional Secretary for the Pacific area.
The Regional Secretaries are key leaders in linking together the world-wide ministry of World Methodist Evangelism.  The World Methodist Council is unique among world communions in having an evangelism wing.
The Rev'd. Dr. Richard Waugh is the National Superintendent of the Wesleyan Methodist Church of New Zealand (i.e., "The Wesleyan Church," for those in the U.S.) since 2002 and he is the current President of the denomination for the South Pacific Conference. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Auckland and a Doctor of Ministry from Asbury Theological Seminary (where I received my D.Min., as well).  His award winning dissertation was titled "Discover Your Wesleyan DNA". He has been honored by Queen Elizabeth with a Queen’s Service Medal (QSM) for his extensive ecumenical, aviation and community work. Dr. Waugh chairs the National Church Leaders Meeting (all denominations) in New Zealand. He is married to Jane, an architect, and they have three young adult children.
During a gathering of the Methodist/Wesleyan Movement in New Zealand including leaders in the Methodist Church, The Wesleyan Church, and the Church of the Nazarene, Dr. Fox and Bishop Watson gave thanks for the commitment to the vision of World Methodist Evangelism, and offered prayers for Dr. Waugh’s leadership as Regional Secretary in the region. They declared, "This is a time for the people called Methodist/Wesleyan to ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.’ We are one family with one mission THAT THE WORLD MAY KNOW JESUS CHRIST.”
The above article was taken from the April edition of the "First Friday Letter" of the World Methodist Council.  The original article can be read, here.  The entire letter, as well as previous letters, can be accessed, here.

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