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.
Those standing for co-moderators are:
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. 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. 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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