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WEA secretary general Geoff Tunnicliffe concludes tenure

New York, NY

At the annual meeting of the International Council of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) in New York, Rev. Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe, secretary general and chief executive officer of the WEA, shared with the Council that he would not be seeking a third term in the beginning of 2015.

Tunnicliffe, elected 13th WEA secretary general in 2005, has served two five-year terms, which is one of the longest tenures in WEA’s history.

“It has been a great privilege for me to serve as secretary general of the WEA for the past 10 years as part of a great team of both the international council and staff,” Dr. Tunnicliffe said. “I believe the future of the WEA has never been brighter as we experience unprecedented opportunities for global Kingdom impact.”

The Council members unanimously thanked Geoff for his outstanding contribution to the organization, which is immeasurably stronger than when he became secretary general in 2005.

Rev. Ndaba Mazabane, chair of the international council, said: “Geoff is leaving the WEA in great shape. His contribution to the work has been outstanding. God led Geoff to us in His providence and has now led him to leave the position to younger leadership to take on the role as the WEA moves on to make a renewed contribution to a changing worldwide church.”

Tunnicliffe’s term will end Dec. 31, 2014. The international council has begun conversations about the selection of a new secretary general.

—WEA release

Over two billion Christians in the world today are represented by three world church bodies. The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) is one of those, serving and representing more than 600 million evangelicals. Launched in 1846 to unite evangelicals worldwide, the WEA continues to be a dynamic movement with 7 regional and 129 national Evangelical Alliances, and over 150 member organizations. WEA’s mission is to speak as a trusted voice, to equip members and leaders for global impact and to connect its members and others for common action in the furtherance of God’s reign.

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