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Southern Province Synod elects 2018-2022 Provincial Elders’ Conference


Delegates to the 2018 Synod of the Moravian Church, Southern Province, elected the new Provincial Elders’ Conference during sessions on Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21.

The Provincial Elders’ Conference for the Southern Province consists of three clergy and three lay people in addition to the PEC president. The PEC is elected by Synod to serve four-year terms.

The three clergy members elected to the PEC include:

  • The Rev. Dr. Nola Knouse, executive director of the Moravian Music Foundation
  • The Rev. Jeff Coppage, intentional interim pastor at Fries Memorial Church in Winston-Salem, N.C.
  • The Rev. Judy Knopf, retired Moravian pastor from Clemmons, N.C.

The three lay members elected to the PEC include:

  • Peggy Carter, retired vice president of Forsyth Medical Center Foundation and member of Fries Memorial Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, N.C. Peggy served on the PEC from 2014-2018.
  • Tommy Cole, former executive director of Sunnyside Ministry and a member of Home Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, N.C.
  • Keith Kapp, an attorney from Raleigh, N.C. and member of the Raleigh Moravian Church.

The six elected members, along with the Rev. David Guthrie, who was elected PEC president on Friday, will provide leadership of all church ministries and administer the polity of the Southern Province through the 2022 Synod.

In photo above: The Rev. Judy Knopf, the Rev. David Guthrie, the Rev. Jeff Coppage, the Rev. Nola Knouse, Tommy Cole, Peggy Carter and Keith Kapp.

Moravian Daily Texts


Friday, July 20 — Psalm 88:1–5
Deuteronomy 29:22–31:8; Luke 10:17–24

I will bring them through the fire, will refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, and I will answer them. Zechariah 13:9 (NKJV)

Paul wrote: We also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope. Romans 5:3–4

God, sometimes life feels too difficult to bear and we cannot feel you with us. Help us to be more aware of your presence even in the most challenging situations, and strengthen us to face the day. Amen.

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