GCFA moves forward with pursuit for General Secretary

February 21, 2008

(Nashville, TN) – The General Council on Finance and Administration has initiated a search for a new Chief Executive Officer.


The search committee includes Bishop Mary Ann Swenson, President of GCFA; and Bishops Lindsey Davis and Leo Soriano, both members of the GCFA Council, along with Robert Williams, General Secretary of the General Commission on Archives and History. Frank Parsons, consultant with the Center for Non-Profit Management in Nashville, Tennessee, is working closely with the search committee to determine the steps necessary to conduct the process. Parsons brings more than 22 years of leadership recruitment experience to the task, having worked with numerous non-profit organizations in identifying qualified leaders.


“I am very excited about the search for the General Secretary of GCFA,” states Bishop Swenson. “We have just the right facilitator for this process, who is assisting us as we conduct the best search possible. We have had excellent leadership in the General Secretary position in the past and we want to continue that tradition for the future. This agency has major responsibilities in the denomination and this far-reaching, international search will assist us in identifying quality candidates to fill this important position in the Church.


“The right candidate will possess a collaborative style, broad vision, cultural sensitivity and administrative expertise, combined with a genuine love of Christ and a desire to serve,” she adds.


A position announcement will be distributed within the next week. Interested candidates will be able to access the announcement on the GCFA website, http://www.gcfa.org.


The General Secretary of the General Council on Finance and Administration serves as the chief executive and treasurer of the council, leading the agency in the development and implementation of the multi-million dollar general Church budget each quadrennium.


The search committee will begin reviewing applications March 13 and conduct interviews in May.


The goal is to have a General Secretary in place by June, 2008.