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Motschiedler to Serve as Interim Union Secretary

Story by Celeste Ryan Blyden

Edward Motschiedler, who recently retired after more than 40 years of denominational service, has accepted a call to serve as interim executive secretary for the Columbia Union Conference. The call comes following the unexpected death of J. Neville Harcombe (read more) who was re-elected to serve his second, five-year term April 16. With this appointment, Motschiedler returns to the role he held from 1998-2005. “Ed brings a wealth of experience and will serve us well; his depth of experience provides a great resource,” said union president Dave Weigley upon announcing the appointment. “Though it’s a temporary assignment, he will help us work through some critical issues.”

On May 27, the union’s President’s Council named a search committee that will work to find and nominate a new secretary to serve for the next five years (2011-2015). The committee will involve some 15 administrators, pastors, and members from around the union’s eight-state territory. In anticipation of a nominee, they also decided to call a special meeting of the newly elected union executive committee June 22. This committee, which approved Motschiedler’s interim status, will need to vote the nominee into office.