The World Convention of the Churches of Christ, which includes Stone-Campbell movement churches from across the globe, honored Rick Reisinger and his wife Denise for more than 20 years of service as treasurer for the organization at the 18th gathering in Brazil in July. Reisinger is president of Disciples Church Extension Fund.
Almost 4,000 Christians from around the world met in Goiania, Brazil for fellowship, worship, preaching, and learning.
Among the speakers for the convention in Brazil was Rev. Brenda Etheridge of Disciples Peace Fellowship. She joined other plenary speakers from Brazil, the United States, Australia, Ghana, and Portugal who gave challenging lessons focused on the theme of “Sharing the Love That Unites.” Heart-felt praise to God in song was led by Ken Young with singers and musicians from the United States and Brazil. Teachers from eight countries led workshops on the Bible, Christian history, and worldwide ministries.
Disciples Women Executive Rev. Dr. Pat Donahoo is secretary/treasurer for Global Women Connecting, another World Convention organization. Other Disciples board members of the World Convention include Rev. Doug Dornhecker; former general minister and president, Rev. Dr. Richard Hamm; Rev. Bill McDonald; former president of Division of Overseas Ministries, Rev. David Vargas, President Rev. Robert Welsh of Council on Christian Unity and past president of the World Convention, Rev. Harold Watkins.
This was the first Gathering to be held in the Global South, after previous meetings in the United States, England, Australia, Canada, Scotland, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Jamaica, and New Zealand.The Gathering was ably led by World Convention President B.J. Mpofu from Zimbabwe and organized by Vice President Victor Hugo Queiroz from Brazil. In his words, “The churches in Brazil will never be the same.”
Plans are underway for the next Global Gathering in Seoul, Korea in 2016.