[WCC] The 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches elected eight new presidents today during a closed session at its proceedings in Busan, Republic of Korea.
According to the WCC constitution the role of the WCC presidents is to promote ecumenism and interpret the work of the WCC, especially in their respective regions. The presidents are ex-officio members of Central Committee.
The Central Committee will also be elected during the assembly, but after the presidents are elected.
The eight WCC presidents are:
Africa: Rev. Dr Mary Anne Plaatjies van Huffel, Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa
Asia: Rev. Prof. Dr Sang Chang, Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea
Europe: Archbishop Anders Wejryd, Church of Sweden
Latin America and Caribbean: Rev. Gloria Nohemy Ulloa Alvarado, Presbyterian Church in Colombia
North America: Bishop Mark MacDonald, Anglican Church of Canada
Pacific: Rev. Dr Mele’ana Puloka, Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga
Eastern Orthodox: H.B. John X Patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch and All the East
Oriental Orthodox: H.H. Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians
Bishop Mark MacDonald WCC President for North America
The Right Rev. Mark MacDonald assumed office as the Anglican Church of Canada’s first National Indigenous Anglican Bishop after serving for about 10 years as bishop of the U.S. Episcopal Diocese of Alaska where he was consecrated bishop on 13 September 1997. He has had a long and varied ministry, holding positions in Mississauga, Ont., Duluth, Minn.; Tomah, Wis. and Mauston, Wis.; Portland, Ore.; and the southeast regional mission of the Diocese of Navajoland. Immediately prior to his ordination to the episcopate, Bishop MacDonald was canon missioner for training in the Diocese of Minnesota and vicar of St. Antipas’ Church, Redby, and St. John-in-the-Wilderness Church, Red Lake, Red Lake Nation. He is the author, co-author and co-editor of several publications.