News release: The Pentecostal Charismatic Churches of North America (PCCNA) recently elected a new slate of officers at its annual meeting in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Rev. Alton Garrison, Assistant General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God US, as chairperson; Bishop Jerry Macklin, 2nd Assistant Presiding Bishop, Church of God in Christ completing a term as vice-chairperson; Dr. Sterling Brackett, Vice President of Corporate Affairs at The Foursquare Church as secretary; and Rev. David Wells, General Superintendent of The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada to serve another term as treasurer.
PCCNA also created a new officer position and elected Dr. Jeff Farmer to serve as its first president. Farmer has served as chairman for the past five years. Farmer said, “This action is a strategic stepping stone to PCCNA’s future, and comes in the wake of five years of sustained membership and financial growth.” PCCNA member organizations in the USA, Canada, and Mexico represent over 480,000 churches and nearly 90 million followers of Christ worldwide. Born in 1994 at what has become known as the “Memphis Miracle,” PCCNA remains committed to bringing down walls between white and black Pentecostals and all races.
Re-elected as Members-at-Large to the Executive Committee were: Dr. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference; Dr. George Wood, General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God and Dr. Mark Williams, General Overseer of the Church of God.
The PCCNA annual meeting, themed “Lost in the City,” opened with a new organizational video (available at www.pccna.org), and was hosted by pastors David and Cheryl Koop of Coastal Church in Canada. Coastal Church ministers to over 80 ethnic groups in Vancouver, BC, and has created a model for reaching diverse urban populations. “This was a very impacting week in my life,” says Rev. Garrison. “I left challenged and convicted. Challenged to pray for the great cities of North America and convicted by Karen’s message and example of radical hospitality to strangers, especially those unknown to me in my neighbourhood.”
At the meeting PCCNA reaffirmed its commitment to “demonstrate unity in the power of the Spirit” through racial reconciliation and kingdom collaboration. The members also united in a “Call to Charlotte,” a new evangelism initiative in partnership with the Billy Graham Library and the International Centre for Spiritual Renewal. The meeting attracted over 50 leaders from different denominations, church networks, megachurches and para church organizations.
PCCNA also welcomed new members Iglesia Evangelica San Pablo based in Tijuana, and Coastal Church of Vancouver, BC. The next annual meeting will be held in the USA, February 24-26, 2016.