World Evangelical Alliance CEO to stand down after nine years

By agency reporter
March 7, 2014

At the annual meeting of the International Council of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) in New York, the Rev Dr Geoff Tunnicliffe, Secretary General and Chief Executive Officer of the WEA, told the Council that he would not be seeking a third term in the beginning of 2015.

Dr Tunnicliffe, who was elected the 13th WEA Secretary General in 2005, has served two five-year terms, which is one of the longest tenures in the WEA’s history.

“It has been a great privilege for me to serve as Secretary General of the WEA for the past ten years as part of a great team of both the International Council and staff,” DrTunnicliffe said.

“I believe the future of the WEA has never been brighter as we experience unprecedented opportunities for global Kingdom [of God] impact.”

The Council members unanimously thanked Geoff Tunnicliffe for his outstanding contribution to the organisation, which is immeasurably stronger than when he became Secretary General in 2005.

The Rev Ndaba Mazabane, Chairman of the International Council, said: “Geoff is leaving the WEA in great shape. His contribution to the work has been outstanding."

Dr Tunnicliffe’s term will end on 31 December 2014. The International Council has begun conversations about the selection of a new Secretary General.

Over two billion Christians in the world today are represented by three world church bodies. The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) is one of those, connecting with more than 600 million evangelicals.

Launched in 1846 with the aim of uniting evangelicals worldwide, the WEA continues to be a dynamic movement with 7 regional and 129 national Evangelical Alliances, and over 150 member organisations.

WEA's self-declared mission is "to speak as a trusted voice, to equip members and leaders for global impact and to connect its members and others for common action in the furtherance of God’s reign."

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