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PC(USA), A Corporation Board elects a new co-chair

The Rev. Bill Teng will serve a two-year term

by Mike Ferguson | Presbyterian News Service

Board members the Revs. Cynthia Campbell and Bill Teng listen during a time of introductions at  a 2018 meeting of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), A Corporation Board of Directors. (Photo by Leslie Scanlon)

LOUISVILLE — Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), A Corporation Board of Directors welcomed new members and elected a new co-chair during a Thursday online meeting.

Chris Mason, one of two co-chairs over the past two years, was unanimously elected to serve as co-chair for another year. The Rev. Bill Teng was unanimously elected to a two-year term.

Mason’s fellow co-chair for the past two years, Bridget-Anne Hampden, will step down as co-chair, with thanks from the board.

“There could not be a better person to be in dialogue with to help me perceive things the past two years,” Mason said. “I really, really, really valued having her next to me,” Mason said of Hampden. “You have been enormously important to all of us.”

“Thanks for giving me the opportunity to serve,” Hampden said, saying to Mason, “I could not have asked for a better partner in this journey. We clearly had different skills,” which she said was “critical to the success of the first two years of what we had to do. I’m grateful to Chris for his knowledge and patience, and for most of the time seeing the glass as half full.”

“For me, this was a labor of love,” she said, adding that she’s “happy and content to move in a different direction knowing that the board is solid in membership and in love of the Lord to do the work it has to do.”

The A Corporation is the business office of the General Assembly, enabling the General Assembly to conduct any number of transactions with the secular world. The 223rd General Assembly (2018) separated A Corporation from the Presbyterian Mission Agency, so that each could focus on what it is intended to do.

The board welcomed new members Joyce Rarumangkay, who’s retired from the World Bank and lives in Virginia, and Jason Micheli, an investment manager in Southern California, during Tuesday’s  meeting, which met over the lunch hour Eastern Time.

Board members will meet online Aug. 19-21. In the meantime, they will work on filling slots on the board’s three committees: Nominating, Governance, and Personnel; Audit, Legal, and Risk Management; and Finance, Operations, and Budget.

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