Minister elected as head of international Christian charity

Press Release – Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand

Palmerston North Presbyterian minister, the Very Rev Pamela Tankersley, has been electedas the head of Singapore-based Council for World Mission (CWM).Palmerston North minister electedas head of multi-million international Christian charity

Palmerston North Presbyterian minister, the Very Rev Pamela Tankersley, has been electedas the head of Singapore-based Council for World Mission (CWM).

Pamela has been appointed Moderator of CWM Ltd with immediate effect, and will serve in that capacity until the organisation’s next Assembly in June 2016.While the role will be fulfilled from her home base in Palmerston North, she expects that frequent travel will be required.

Pamela describes CWM as a “a family of churches” operating across 40 countries, who are engaged in supporting each other in mission and outreach.

Pamela’s appointment to the role of Moderator means that she oversees the governance functions of the multi-milliondollar charitable organisation, which in 2014 was responsible for distributing around $NZD 13m to projects led by its 31 member churches.

“I have been a passionate advocate for ecumenical initiatives during my ministry, and it is an honour to have the trust of my colleagues and be elected to this position.

“I’m looking forward to using my skills and gifts that have been nurtured in the Presbyterian Church here in New Zealand in this international role.”

Prior to accepting the appointment as Moderator, Pamela served as Deputy Moderator (Pacific Region), and has been on the CWM Executive for the past three years in this capacity.

This appointment strengthens the Presbyterian Church’s connection with CWM, as another Presbyterian minister, the Rev. Fei Taulealeausumai, is CWM’s Regional Secretary for the Pacific.

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