The Baptist World Alliance Executive Committee has named the Ghana Baptist Convention President to an 11-member search committee for the global organization’s next general secretary.
Rev. Dr. Ernest Adu-Gyamfi, President of the Ghana Baptist Convention and the All African Baptist Fellowship, was elected to serve on the committee to find a successor to Neville Callam, who will retire Dec. 31.
The committee also includes John Upton, executive director of the Baptist General Association of Virginia, and Elaine Smith with the American Baptist Churches USA.
Others on the search committee are BWA President Paul Msiza of South Africa, Luiz Roberto Silvado of Brazil, Jan Saethre of Norway,, Miyon Chung of Korea, William Thompson of the Carribean, Ksenija Magda of Croatia and John Beasy of Australia.
Ernest Adu-Gyamfi was appointed to BWA as a one of the Vice Presidents. “Our selection to BWA search committee highlights the contribution and recognition of African Baptists by other Baptist unions, conventions and associations around the world,” he said. “It is a honour to serve on the search committee for the next general secretary.”
The committee will seek the 10th general secretary for the international Baptist fellowship. Callam, a Jamaican, was elected in July 2007. Since the BWA’s founding in 1905, all previous general secretaries were American or European. During his tenure, BWA membership expanded from 214 to 235 member organizations in 122 countries and territories.
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