Rev. Dr Odair Pedroso Mateus appointed interim WCC deputy general secretary

WCCThe Rev. Dr Odair Pedroso Mateus, lecturer of Ecumenical Theology at the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey and director of the WCC Commission on Faith and Order, has been confirmed as the interim deputy general secretary for the WCC programme on Unity and Mission. Pedroso Mateus will hold the post until the WCC central committee meets in June 2021 and he will continue to serve also as director of Faith and Order.

He was appointed by the WCC executive committee at an online meeting on 3 June, on the recommendation of the interim general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca.

Pedroso Mateus is an ordained pastor of the Independent Presbyterian Church of Brazil. He holds a PhD in Protestant theology from the University of Strasbourg, France. His ecumenical studies occurred, among other places, at the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey. He was successively: general secretary of the Association of Protestant Theological Seminaries in Brazil and editor of its journal Simpósio (1995-1999); professor at the Methodist University of São Paulo (1999); secretary for theology and ecumenical dialogue of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (2000-2007) and editor of its journal Reformed World (2004-2007); and president of the Foundation for Reformed Protestantism (2012-2016). He has been a lecturer at the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey since 2006; a member of the Secretariat of the WCC Commission on Faith and Order since 2007; and director of Faith and Order since 2015.

Doug Chial appointed as interim director of the WCC Office of the General Secretariat

20200603-chialDoug Chial has been confirmed as the interim director of the WCC Office of the General Secretariat. He was appointed by the WCC executive committee at an online meeting held on 3 June, on the recommendation of the interim general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca. Chial will hold the post until the WCC central committee meets in June 2021.

Chial is a lay member of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and a graduate of McCormick Theological Seminary and the Bossey Ecumenical Institute. He has served the WCC since 2004, coordinating the Porto Alegre Assembly (2006) and the Busan Assembly (2013). Between assemblies he coordinated Church and Ecumenical Relations. Since 2014 he has managed Income Monitoring and Development. Chial also served the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC), coordinating general councils in Debrecen (1997) and Accra (2004). He came to faith at Peoples Church in East Lansing, Michigan, an interdenominational congregation affiliated with the American Baptist Churches USA, Presbyterian Church (USA), United Church of Christ and United Methodist Church. He is a board member of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians.

The World Council of Churches Staff Leadership Group will be led by Sauca and consists of the two deputy general secretaries and the interim director of the General Secretariat. Prof. Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri continues as deputy general secretary for Public Witness and Diakonia as before, as do the other previous members of the Staff Leadership Group, director of Finance Elaine Dykes, and director of Communication Marianne Ejdersten, in their present roles and mandates.

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