Dr. David Griffis, former First Assistant General Overseer, was just appointed as Director of the Church of God World Missions. He comes to World Missions to extend his own effect upon world evangelization, initiated by his father, Garland Griffis, who served many years as a World Missions field representative.
Having served on the Executive Committee for eight years, Dr. David Griffis brings to the position of director of World Missions a wealth of experience and administrative ability.
A native of Cleveland, Tennessee, David received a B.A. in Religious Education from Lee University; accomplished graduate studies at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary; and obtained an Honorary Doctorate in Theology for Lifetime Achievement in 2000.
Dr. Griffis has been an ordained minister of the Church of God since 1977. Since that time, he pastored several churches; served on the State Evangelism and Home Missions Board in Tennessee, State Evangelism and Home Missions director in Oklahoma; State Youth and Christian Education Board/Tennessee, State Youth and Christian Education director/Oklahoma, South Georgia, and South Carolina; administrative bishop of West Virginia and Tennessee; appointed to the General Board of Youth and Christian Education, Ministry to Israel Board of Directors, and Chairman of the Editorial and Publications Board; elected twice to the Council of Eighteen; served as international assistant and director respectively of Youth and Christian Education; and then was elected as third assistant general overseer, followed by his election as first assistant general overseer.Dr. Griffis has held various other offices and positions within the Church of God, and has received multiple honors and recognitions, among them the Distinguished Christian Service Award from the Tennessee Alumni Association. He has authored and published several books and articles, some of which are: Spirit Wars; In Such an Hour; and Characters with Character.
World Missions welcomes Dr. David Griffis to its helm and looks forward to an increased harvest under his leadership.
Mitchell Maloney, former Pastor of North Cleveland Church of God, declined the nomination for Assistant Director, and in a special vote Bishop M. Thomas Propes was nominated in his stead.