The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) has formally welcomed its new Secretary General & CEO, theologian Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher, in a ceremony live-streamed on Saturday from Bonn, Germany.
Evangelical leaders representing 9 regional and 140 national Evangelical Alliances around the world joined the event online with greetings, prayers and blessings to induct the new leadership.
Beginning the ceremony, WEA’s Chair of the International Council, Rev. Dr. Goodwill Shana led attendees with a devotion from Acts 2:42 and 2:45.
“As WEA enters a new era, may the Lord grant that we see continuity, renewal and transformation through our new leadership,” he said.
WEA’s Vice Chair of International Council Rev. Dr. Frank Hinkelmann welcomed the new Secretary General in the studio near Bonn. An introduction was shown via a short video clip that featured Dr. Schirrmacher’s expansive library as a backdrop, from which he gave a brief introduction and background about his family, education, faith, passion projects and ministry works.
Congratulatory greetings were also sent by Rev. Dr. Casely Essamuah (Secretary – Global Christian Forum), Dr. Billy Wilson (Chair – Pentecostal World Fellowship), and Dr. Michael Oh (CEO -Lausanne Movement).
Next, Dr. Schirrmacher was formally commissioned to the role of Secretary General with blessings from WEA leaders around the world. He was presented with a globe and a Bible in Chinese from his predecessor Bishop Efraim Tendero, symbolizing the heart of God for the world and the Word of God as a guide for his leadership of the WEA.
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SOURCE: Christian Today