Friday, September 8, 2017

PEC Has a New Moderator

PEC Welcomes New Moderator

The results of the Presbyterians for Earth Care Steering Committee election are in and the membership has elected two new members and two continuing members. After six faithful years as PEC Moderator, Diane Waddell has completed the maximum of three 2-year terms and is adeptly handing the reins of directing PEC to the new Moderator, Dennis Testerman who comes to us well-qualified.

 Dennis’ ministry of environmental stewardship has spanned three decades of chaplaincy, global and student missions and public service. He was a consultant to the PCUSA Eco-justice Task Force that produced the report, "Restoring Creation for Ecology and Justice," adopted by General Assembly in 1990 that gave rise to the group that started PEC. Currently, Dennis serves as the Stewardship of Creation Enabler with the Presbytery of Charlotte, is a novice with the Order of Ecumenical Franciscans, a fellow with both GreenFaith and the Natural Resources Leadership Institute at North Carolina State University, and is certified as an environmental educator by the State of North Carolina.

We also welcome our new Southwest Regional Representative, Jill Slade. Jill is a multi-generational Presbyterian and Texan and is active in her church, Trinity Presbyterian in Denton, Texas, where she serves on the Mission Committee and is Clerk of Session. Jill is an educator and has been involved in environmental issues since college. For Jill, earth care is part of becoming closer to our creator and protecting our earth and helping it nurture all God’s creatures is an act of worship. 

Continuing as PEC’s Treasurer is Sue Regier who was elected for a second term. Sue has been a member of PEC since 2004 and has many years of experience managing finances. Sue has been vital to the functioning of PEC by preparing reports, paying bills and writing dozens of checks. We are glad to have her expertise for another 2 years.

Nancy Fayer is PEC’s current Southeast Regional Representative and was elected for a third term. Nancy has a very large region and she interacts with its many PEC members. Nancy is also a member of and active in PEC’s Advocacy Committee. We are fortunate to have a person as dedicated and passionate as Nancy serving PEC.

There are two open positions on the Steering Committee, Northwest and Pacific Regional Representatives. If you live in one of those regions or know of someone who might be interested in this position, please reply to this email.

We offer our gratitude and best wishes for a job well done to Diane Waddell who will begin her "life post-moderatorship" on Sept 29. Our thanks also go to Holly Hallman, David Sholin, and Kathleen Dove for a job well done completing their terms. Dennis Testerman and Jill Slade will begin their terms at the PEC Steering Committee Retreat, Sept 29 – Oct 1.

Stay tuned for more from our new Moderator, Dennis Testerman.

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