Disciples News Service

Council on Christian Unity names president-elect

PaulTcheThe Board of Directors of the Council on Christian Unity (CCU) is pleased to announce the selection of Rev. Seung Un (Paul) Tche as president-elect of the CCU. Tche will begin his work on Sept. 1, working alongside current president Dr. Robert Welsh, who will retire in 2016.

“We had several excellent candidates for the position,” said Rev. Kory Wilcoxson, chair of the Search Committee, “but it was clear to us that Paul was the right person for the job. The committee was impressed with his gift of relationship-building, his authenticity, and his personal experience in working fir Christian unity. The Board looks forward to working with Paul as we help CCU move into its next chapter of leadership.”

Tche has extensive experience in the ecumenical world and a passion for unity across denominations and faiths. He recently completed a six-year term on the CCU Board, including two as chair, so he is intimately familiar with the purpose and vision of CCU.

Tche currently serves as pastor of White Oak Pond Christian Church in Richmond, Ky. He has previously served churches in Louisville and Lexington, Ky. Tche, a first-generation immigrant from South Korea, received his Bachelor and Master of Arts in South Korea, and earned his Master of Divinity from Brite Divinity School in Texas.

In addition to his work with Disciples, Tche is currently the co-president of the Korean American Ecumenical Network, a consortium of five denominations working for peace on the Korean Peninsula. He has also served as a Disciples representative for the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Consultation on Peace, Justice, and Reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula, and the 10th General Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Busan, South Korea, in 2013.