In the interim between the last issue of the First Friday Letter and this brand-new edition, the World Methodist Council has undergone quite a few changes.
First and foremost, Ivan Abrahams has officially taken over as General Secretary. Ivan was previously the Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa. Bishop Abrahams brings a wealth of vision, spiritual and strategic leadership and a reputation for developing policies and procedures in line with the values, goals and the mission of the church to achieve its vision.
A new director was also installed at the World Methodist Museum. Amanda Bryson Riera-Gomez accepted the position in June of 2011. Amanda is a native of Haywood County, North Carolina and a graduate of Western Carolina University. Amanda brings with her a new sense of keeping the museum firmly rooted in preserving our heritage and also a streak of modernization. She’s leading the way in bringing an electronic and interactive element to the museum experience through the installation of an iPad component to the exhibits.
Finally, in an effort to make the internet presence and communications for the World Methodist Council the absolute best that they can be, Jason Bugg was brought aboard and installed as the organization’s first Web Manager. Jason is a native of Western North Carolina and before coming to the Council spent the last six years as a freelance writer for newspapers and magazines all over the United States. Jason hopes to begin making the World Methodist Council’s website into a one-stop source of news and advocacy for the worldwide Methodist family.