March 23, 2022
from Rev. Belva Brown Jordan
The General Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has begun the process for re-electing the General Minister and President, Rev. Teresa “Terri” Hord Owens. In a letter to Moderator Belva Brown Jordan, Hord Owens wrote,
“I continue to feel the call of God to serve as GMP. Having now served for 4-1/2 years, two of those in the midst of a pandemic, I want to continue to walk with Disciples as we together imagine who we must be as church in order to help make real the reign of God’s kindom on earth. And in declaring my desire to be considered for re-election, I re-commit myself to use my gifts in leadership and service to this church, which I so dearly love.”
The process for re-electing a General Minister and President is outlined in the Standing Rules for the General Board, section 9. Following this process, the Administrative Committee, meeting virtually in executive session in February 2022, voted to initiate the re-election process and identified members of the Review/Search and Call Committee. The committee was then confirmed by the General Board at its February 2022 meeting.
Over the next year, the Review/Search and Call Committee will continue to follow the process outlined in the Standing Rules, gathering information from across the church. The Administrative Committee will receive the report of the Review/Search and Call Committee when it meets April 2023 and will vote to confirm or not confirm the re-election of the current General Minister and President.
Members of the Review/Search and Call Committee are as follows:
The members of the moderator team
Belva Brown Jordan
From the Administrative Committee
Candis Wilson, Committee chair
From the membership of the General Board
Rev. Terri Hord Owens was elected to a six-year term as General Minister and President in 2017. Her first term will end at General Assembly in 2023, and she is eligible for a second term.