Following the resignation of the Rev Roberta Rominger in November 2013, the General Secretary Nomination Group of the United Reformed Church has been seeking her successor.
The nomination group, which is responsible for bringing a single name to the denomination’s General Assembly in July 2014, has now completed its work and is nominating the Rev John Proctor, currently vice-principal of Westminster College in Cambridge, to be the URC’s next general secretary.
If the URC General Assembly accepts the nomination, Mr Proctor will be inducted as general secretary on Sunday 6 July at the end of the gathering.
His term of office will therefore overlap with that of Mrs Rominger who will formally step down from the role on 31 July 2014.
John Ellis, moderator of the General Assembly and convener of the nomination group, explained: “After an extensive process of discernment the group was unanimous in sensing that God was calling John Proctor to this immensely challenging position. We hope that the Assembly will share that sense and that the whole Church will support him in their prayers.”
The United Reformed Church was formed in 1972 and today comprises approximately 80,000 adults and 42,000 children in approximately 1,500 congregations.
Its formation brought together English Presbyterians, English, Welsh and Scottish Congregationalists and members of the Churches of Christ.
Worldwide, more than 80 million Christians are members of the Reformed family of churches, the largest Protestant tradition. The name “Reformed” is used because the churches emerged out of the reform movements of the sixteenth century.
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