UCC national officers overwhelmingly re-elected at General Synod
Written by Tim Kershner
July 1, 2013

As the United Church of Christ readies to live into a new reality of unified governance, three of the Officers of the Church were overwhelmingly re-elected by the delegates of General Synod 2013.

The Rev. Geoffrey Black was re-elected to serve a second four-year term as General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ. Black’s election occurred Monday morning during the denomination’s 29th General Synod taking place this week in Long Beach, California. Black was first elected in 2009. Prior to that, Black was Conference Minister of the UCC’s New York Conference.

Also elected today to four-year terms were the Rev. M. Linda Jaramillo as Executive Minister for Justice and Witness Ministries, and the Rev. J. Bennett Guess, Executive Minister for Local Church Ministries. 

Jaramillo has led the church’s Justice and Witness Ministries office since 2005. Prior to that, she had an active career as a professional and a volunteer addressing numerous social justice and welfare issues.

Guess was elected to lead the Local Church Ministries Office in 2011, completing the unexpired term of Stephen Sterner who retired. Guess had a 12-year career as a local church pastor before joining the national office in a number of communications capacities.

Black, Jaramillo and Guess join the Rev. James Moos, Executive Minister of the church’s Wider Church Ministries in leading the denomination’s national setting into a new unified structure that takes effect at the close of this Synod gathering on Tuesday, July 2.
At that time, W. Mark Clark’s term as associate general minister comes to an end, and he begins his appointed role as UCC chief administrative officer.  Clark’s ministry was celebrated Monday morning during plenary.


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