WEA announces Philippine bishop as next Secretary General

By staff writers
February 1, 2015

The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) has announced a unanimous vote to appoint Bishop Efraim Tendero its next Secretary General.

The appointment was made by the WEA International Council (IC). Bishop Tendero currently serves as the National Director of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches.

"We are not only pleased, but confident that Efraim is the right person to take WEA into the future which promises to be great,” said the Rev Ndaba Mazabane, Chair of the IC and Acting Secretary-General of the WEA.

“His understanding of our global vision and his experience as a national Alliance leader will certainly help him connect with our constituency for greater global impact.”

Bishop Tendero succeeds Dr Geoff Tunnicliffe who announced early i 2014 that he would not be seeking a third term after leading the WEA for the past ten years.

Bishop Tendero will begin his five year tenure on 1 March 2015.

Bishop Efraim Tendero, widely known as Bishop Ef, has served as National Director of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC) for more than 20 years. PCEC is WEA’s national Alliance member that represents some 30,000 evangelical churches in the Philippines. He is also President of the Philippine Relief and Development Services (PHILRADS), the relief and development arm of PCEC that works hand in hand with local churches in holistic ministries "to serve the poor and needy".

Tendero also serves as International Facilitator for South East Asia of the Asia Evangelical Alliance, was appointed Lausanne Senior Associate for Integrity and Anti-Corruption and is the chair of the board Back to the Bible Broadcast, Evangelism Explosion (EE) 3 Philippines, Global Filipino Movement, and the Philippine Missions Association. He is also the Executive Editor of Evangelicals Today, the longest running Christian magazine in the Philippines.

Bishop Tendero has a BA in Theology from Febias College of Bible and a Master of Divinity with focus on pastoral counselling from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He received two honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees from Asian Theological Seminary and Febias College of Bible, and a Doctor of Leadership degree from International Graduate School of Leadership.

* WEA: http://www.worldea.org/

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