August 2, 2016–Cleveland, TN—Just ten days after they were confirmed at the July 22 International General Assembly business session in Nashville, the newly-elected members of the 2016-2020 Church of God International Executive Committee gathered for their first formal meeting as a leadership body.
Four of the five Committee members were newly-elected last month. They are General Overseer Tim Hill, First Assistant General Overseer Raymond Culpepper, Third Assistant David Ramirez, and Secretary General John Childers. J. David Stephens was returned for a second four year term at second assistant general overseer. Hill and Culpepper have both served on previous Committees. Hill was secretary general (2004-2008) and first assistant (2008-2012), while Culpepper was general overseer from 2008-2012. This is Culpepper’s second stint as first assistant having served previously from 2004-2008. Ramirez and Childers are members of the executive committee for the first time. Ramirez is the first Hispanic to be elected to the Church of God’s highest leadership body.
The Committee met on Monday, August 1 and worked into the evening hours through an agenda of items under the leadership of General Overseer Hill.
While not meeting in formal session until yesterday, the Committee has had numerous informal gatherings over the last two weeks in regards to decisions involving portfolios, personnel, office locations, and Covenant Teams. The assistant general overseers and secretary general each lead a Covenant Team consisting of a group of state/regional overseers for whom they advocate. In addition, each member is assigned divisions of departments/ministries at the International Offices for which they serve as liaison. Portfolio assignments include Raymond Culpepper: Care Ministries, Ministerial Advocate; Stephens: World Evangelization; Ramirez: Education; and Childers: Support Services, Communications and Discipleship.
On the Cleveland, Tennessee campus, Hill and Culpepper have offices in the Leadership and Communications Center, Ramirez is located in the Discipleship and Education building, while Stephens and Childers have office suites in the World Evangelization Center.
The International Executive Committee convenes at least once a month in the Leadership and Communications Center. The International Executive Council, of which the Executive Committee is part, meets three times a year. The first meeting is scheduled for September 27-30, 2016 in the Executive Council chambers.