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A night to sleep on it

General Assembly commissioners put off electing new co-moderators until Saturday

by Mike Ferguson | Presbyterian News Service

LOUISVILLE — The three sets of candidates standing for co-moderators of the 224th General Assembly will have an additional day to polish their campaign speeches.

Hours behind on their first night of business, commissioners voted 349-120 shortly after 11 p.m. Eastern Time Friday to delay their decision over who the new co-moderators will be. That process will begin at 7 p.m. Eastern Time Saturday.

Whoever is selected will succeed the co-moderators of the 223rd General Assembly, Ruling Elder Vilmarie Cintrón-Olivieri and the Rev. Cindy Kohlmann, who moderated Friday’s online meeting.

No business had been scheduled for Saturday, but the Committee on Business Referral — the sole committee during this first-ever virtual assembly — recommended putting off the candidates’ speeches, commissioners’ questions, the vote itself and the installation of the new co-moderators until Saturday evening.

That process, Kohlmann said Friday, will take at least two hours from beginning to end.

Viewers have two avenues for watching Saturday’s proceedings: through the General Assembly website here, or through the Spirit of GA Facebook page here.

Those standing for co-moderators are:

The Rev. Sandra Hedrick and Moon Lee



Moon Lee and the Rev. Sandra Hedrick. Lee is a ruling elder from Northwest Coast Presbytery. Hedrick is Stated Clerk of St. Augustine Presbytery and pastor of Kirkwood Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville, Florida.

Elona Street- Stewart and the Rev. Greg Bentley






Elona Street-Stewart and the Rev. Greg Bentley. Street-Stewart is executive of the Synod of Lakes and Prairies. Bentley is pastor of Fellowship Presbyterian Church in Huntsville, Alabama.

Arthur Fullerton and the Rev. Marie Mainard O’Connell








Arthur Fullerton and the Rev. Marie Mainard O’Connell. Fullerton is a fundraiser and ruling elder in Albany Presbytery. Mainard O’Connell is pastor of Park Hill Presbyterian Church in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

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