At the 2014 Synod of the Moravian Church, Southern Province held in early April in Black Mountain, N.C., delegates elected a new Provincial Elders’ Conference (PEC) and PEC president to lead the Province for the next four years.
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. Ray Burke, pastor of Clemmons Moravian Church in Clemmons, N.C.
• The Rev. Christopher Thore, pastor of New Beginnings Moravian Church, Huntersville, N.C.
• The Rev. Dr. C. Daniel Crews, Archivist for the Southern Province.
The Revs. Burke and Thore also served on the PEC from 2010-2014.
The three lay members elected to the PEC include:
• Joyce Vance, director of Christian Education and member at Peace Moravian Church in Charlotte, N.C. Joyce also served on the PEC from 2010-2014.
• Peggy Carter, retired vice president of Forsyth Medical Center Foundation and member of Fries Memorial Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, N.C.
• Ron Bell, retired town manager and member of Calvary Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Synod delegates also re-elected the Rev. David Guthrie as president of the Provincial Elders’ Conference during sessions on April 4. David was first elected PEC president at the Synod of 2010.
He previously served as executive director, Board of Evangelism and Home Missions of the Moravian Church, Southern Province. David also served as pastor of Rolling Hills Moravian Church in Longwood, Fla. from 1994-2003 and at Prince of Peace Moravian Church in Miami, Fla. from 1986-1994. He attended Moravian Theological Seminary and was ordained in 1986. He is a member of New Philadelphia Moravian Church and a resident of Winston-Salem.
The newly-elected PEC will serve through the Synod of 2018.
While Synod is the supreme governing body of the Southern Province, The Provincial Elders’ Conference administers the government of the Province during the four years between Synods. They supervise congregations and encourage them in their work and service; call and manage the ministers of the Province; see that the enactments of Synod are carried out; and decide upon the admission of new congregations.
Among the long list of duties of the PEC, its key roles include implementing the strategic directives of Synod and set the plans and priorities for the Board of Cooperative Ministries, administer the call process and supervise the day-to-day operations of the Province.