New Presidents have been elected for the Chinese Annual Conference (CAC) and Emmanuel Tamil Annual Conference (ETAC), while Trinity Annual Conference (TRAC) has re-elected its incumbent President for the next quadrennium, at their respective 41st Sessions in November 2016.
The CAC’s new President is the Rev Dr Gregory Goh Nai Lat, who was elected on the third ballot. Responding, he thanked God for His grace and mercy that allowed him to shoulder this responsibility despite his imperfections, and delegates for their encouragement and prayerful votes, hoping he would not disappoint them in what he is now entrusted with.
He also thanked Bishop-Elect and outgoing CAC President Rev Dr Chong Chin Chung for his example of humility in service and his heart for shepherding, and for opportunities and exposure with national and international networks of Chinese churches that have helped shape the Rev Dr Goh’s sense of duty and mission. “I feel that we need to put a little thought into preserving the distinctiveness and strengths of our Chinese churches,” he said. “I believe that this would be helpful in God’s kingdom.”
Mr Guan Yeow Kwang from Foochow Methodist Church was elected as CAC Vice-President, succeeding Ms Kwok Wan Yee from Charis Methodist Church, who was elected as Conference Lay Leader. Mr Guan was formerly serving as the Chairperson of the CAC Board of Human Resource.
ETAC elected the Rev James Nagulan as President on the second ballot. He is not new to the role, having been elected ETAC President previously for two terms from 2004-2012. He said: “I humbly accept and thank God for giving me the privilege of serving the Conference.”
“As much as we think our Conference is small,” he added, “we have much potential to do good. As I was preparing the devotion for this morning’s Session, I sensed God telling me that He has a plan for us. I urge that we pull together as a Conference rather than seeing ETAC as a separate body from the local churches, so that we can move forward, planning together for the future of ETAC, because it is critical that we put our minds together to accomplish what God has planned for us.”
The Rev Dr Gordon Wong was re-elected as TRAC President on the first ballot. He responded: “Firstly, I would like to sincerely thank those of you who voted for change and new leadership. And although we were ‘out-voted’, let’s pray that God can and will work all things together for good. For those of you who voted for ‘status quo’ and no change, I pray that this decision will prove to be for the good of the Conference and part of the will of God.”
“For all of us, whoever we voted for, let’s pray that God’s grace will be sufficient to overcome all our human failings and weaknesses… So, let’s be ‘OnTRAC Together’ as we try to help each other serve the Lord.”
Chia Hui Jun and Grace Toh –
are the Editorial Executive and Editor of Methodist Message.