Rev. Jerry Pillay elected new WCC general secretary

Pastor Jerry Pillay has been elected as the new general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC).

He is the ninth general secretary of the WCCsince the founding of the fellowship of churches in 1948.

Pillay is currently Dean of the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Pretoria. A member of the United Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa, he is originally from South Africa.

Pillay was one of two candidates standing for election to the WCC’s top administrative post. The other candidate was Dr. Elizabeth Joy. Pillay will replace outgoing Acting General Secretary, Rev. Dr. Ioan Sauca, who began serving in the role in April 2020, when former General Secretary, Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit was appointed Presiding Bishop of the Church of Norway.

WCC central committee moderator Dr Agnes Abuom shared words of congratulations and blessings to Pillaythe new ministry.

“May the global fellowship of the WCC warmly welcome you, pray for you, and show you in every way that we care for you as you assume important leadership in our continued journey towards Christian unity,” he said. she stated. “You and the ecumenical movement are making history and shaping a future in which we can live Godis love for each other and for everyone.

The General Secretary acts as COECEO of and directs the WCCincluding the ultimate responsibility of the COE‘s work and its staff.

Dr. Pillay will take office on January 1, 2023.

Name: Rev. Teacher. Dr. Jerry Pillay
Occupation: Dean of the Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria
Church: United Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa
Country: South Africa
Born: 1965

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Rev. Jerry Pillay elected new WCC general secretary

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