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PC(USA) General Assembly Committee 13 Preview

Administrative committee to consider confirmation of presidents, directors, board

by Bob Sloan | Special to Presbyterian News Service

Confirming the election and reelection of the presidents of the denomination’s loan program and publishing company are among the numerous items to be decided by Assembly Committee 13 during the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) 222nd General Assembly, June 18-25 in Portland, Oregon.

The standing administrative committee for The Board of Pensions (BOP),Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program (PILP), Presbyterian Publishing Corporation (PPC) and the Presbyterian Foundation, will be called upon to confirm the election of James G. Rissler as president of the PILP to a four-year term. It will also be asked to confirm the reelection of Marc Lewis to a third, four-­year term as president and publisher of PPC.

Rissler was elected by the PILP Board of Directors in October of 2104 to serve a four-year term as president, effective January 1, 2015. He joined PILP in 1999 as vice president of finance and administration and was elected to the position of senior vice president in 2004. Prior to joining PILP, he spent 17 years in the banking industry, most recently serving as a vice president with PNC Bank, N.A.

Holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Business Administration from Vanderbilt University, Rissler served as chair of the Board of the Presbyterian Homes & Services of Kentucky, Inc. and on the Board of the Presbyterian Homes & Services Foundation, Inc. He currently serves as a trustee on the Board of Spalding University.

During his two terms of service, Lewis helped the organization make the transition to online bookselling. He also led the organization during the development and publication of the well-received new hymnal for the denomination, Glory to God, the first new Presbyterian hymnal since 1990.

Lewis received his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee and his master’s in business administration from Vanderbilt University. Prior to his role as publisher, he was general manager of PPC from 1999–2007 and, prior to that, served in a variety of management roles with Cokesbury and the United Methodist Publishing House.

In other business, Assembly Committee 13 will consider:

  • A recommendation from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Foundation to confirm the election of two directors of its subsidiary, New Covenant Trust Company, N.A.
  • A recommendation from the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board to confirm the election of seven individuals to the PILP Board of Directors.
  • A recommendation from the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board to confirm the election of Mary C. Baskin to the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Class of 2020.

Assembly Committee 13 will also hear reports from each of the six agencies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Bob Sloan, commissioned ruling elder from New Harmony Presbytery, will be covering Committee 13 for the General Assembly Communication Center.

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