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Eighth Assembly
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Election of Presidents of the World Council of Churches

Report of the Nominations Committee

As the Nominations Committee of the Assembly continues to have responsibility to nominate persons for the Presidents of the WCC, the following recommendations in the process of nominations for Presidents be affirmed by this Assembly:

1. Clear guidelines be prepared by the Central Committee regarding the representation of the Presidents whether regionally, confessionally or otherwise (e.g., youth, indigenous).

2. A minimum of 3 persons be suggested by regions or caucuses for consideration by the Nominations Committee.

3. The regions/caucuses be advised to provide a mix of male, female and youth in their submissions.

Presidents of the World Council of Churches

Dr Agnes ABOUM, Kenya, Anglican Church of Kenya
PH.D. in Education from the University of Uppsala, Former staff of WCC Youth Department, Moderator of the Working Group on Economy and Sustainable Society of WCC (Unit III), Unit III Commissioner, Resource person for Nordic ecumenical work on development and peace in Africa; Coordinated the Anglican Church of Kenya Development work for over 10 years; Consultant on development and peace work of the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK), All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) and the Nairobi Peace Initiative.

Mr Moon Kyu KANG, Korea, Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea
Elder of Presbyterian Church of the  Republic of Korea (PROK); Graduated from the Kyung Buk University; Secretary of the World Student Christian Federation (WSCF) for Asia and Pacific; Former member of the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA), WCC; Former General Secretary National YMCA Korea; President NGO Association of Korea; Current National President of Korean New Village Movement.

His Eminence Metropolitan CHRYSOSTOMOS of Ephesus, Turkey, Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople
Graduated from Halki University; Postgraduate studies of Strasbourg and Rome; Professor of Dogmatics and Systematic Theology and leading ecumenist. He began participating in the Council's work since the early 50s. Served in the Joint Working Group (JWG), the Central Committee, the Executive Committee and has been vice-moderator of the Central Committee from Vancouver to Canberra; Senior member of the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, he is playing a key role in Pan-Orthodox gatherings and consultation processes.

Bishop Eberhardt RENZ, Germany, Evangelical Church in Germany
Studied  theology in Tubingen, Wien, Zurich and in India (Gurukul, Madras); Scholarship Secretary of the Lutheran World Service; Taught at the Cameroon Theological College of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon 1968-1971; Regional pastor for Mission, Ecumenical Relations and Church Development in Wurttemberg Church; Former Africa Secretary of the Basel Mission, Basel; Responsible for Mission, Ecumenical Relation and Church Development of Central Church Administration; Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wurttemberg; Member of the Central Committee WCC 1994; President of the Commission for Ecumenical Affairs for the Council of the EKD

Bishop Federico J. PAGURA, Argentina, Evangelical Methodist Church of Argentina
Graduated from the Union Theological Seminary of Buenos Aires, Postgraduate studies in the USA; Bishop Emeritus of the Evangelical Methodist Church (Argentina); Co-President of the Ecumenical Movement for human rights in Argentina; Former President of the Latin American Council of Churches (CLAI) and of the Council of Methodist Bishops in Latin America and the Caribbean; Former member of the WCC Commission on World Mission and Evangelism; Member of the Board of the Life and Peace Institute, Uppsala, Sweden; Dr Honoris causa from the University of Toronto, Canada and de Pauw University, Indiana, USA; Poet, writer and composer of songs.

His Holiness Mar Ignatius ZAKKA I IWAS, Syria, Syrian Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and all the East
Spiritual head of the Syrian Orthodox Church (Oriental), with jurisdiction in Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Iran, Iraq, India and most recent diaspora (Europe, American, USA). Recognized as a spiritual man of dialogue both in his country and his region. Promotes dialogue between Eastern and Oriental Orthodox and is involved in the life of the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC); Served on the Central Committee of the WCC.

Rev. Kathryn BANNISTER, USA, United Methodist Church
BA Spanish/Latin American Area Studies, Graduated from the American University and the Iliff School of Theology; Former staff of the Pax World Service; Currently Senior Pastor /Parish Director Rush County, United Methodist Parish; United Methodist Delegate to Canberra and Harare; Member of the Central Committee from Canberra to Harare; Member of the 8th Assembly Planning Committee and Chair Person of the Pre-Assembly Youth Event; Former member of the United Methodist General Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns; Member of Board of Director, WCC US Office; Member of Executive Committee of the Consultation on Church Union (COCU).

Bishop Jabez BRYCE, Tonga, Anglican Church in Aotearoa/New Zealand and Polynesia
Trained in St. John's College, Auckland; Postgraduate studies at St. Andrew's Seminary, Manila, Philippines. Ordained priest May 1962. Served in Fiji, Tonga and Manila.  Diocesan Secretary and lecturer at Diocese of Polynesia in St. John; Bishop of Polynesia; Former Chairman of the Pacific Conference of Churches; Member of the Pacific Ecumenical Regional Group; Chairman of Anglican Advisory Ecumenical Anglican Commission; Acting Primate of Anglican Church in Aoteroa/New Zealand and Polynesia; Co-Presiding Bishop of same church.

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