In a recent visit to the Pacific, leaders in World Methodist Evangelism, President, Bishop B. Michael Watson and World Director, Dr. H. Eddie Fox, announced and installed Dr. Richard Waugh as World Methodist Evangelism Regional Secretary in the Pacific area. Dr. Waugh is the President of the Pacific Conference of the Wesleyan Church. He joins the Regional Secretaries of World Methodist Evangelism, in each of the areas in Africa, Europe, Asia, Pacific and the Americas. Dr. Manase Tafea from Tonga previously served effectively for many years as Regional Secretary for the Pacific area.
The Regional Secretaries are key leaders in linking together the world-wide ministry of World Methodist Evangelism. The Methodist/Wesleyan Movement is unique among world communions with the ministry of World Methodist Evangelism.
Rev Dr Richard Waugh is the National Superintendent of the Wesleyan Methodist Church of New Zealand since 2002 and he is the current President of the denomination for the South Pacific Conference. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Auckland and a Doctor of Ministry from Asbury Theological Seminary (his award winning dissertation was titled ‘Discover Your Wesleyan DNA’). He has been honored by Queen Elizabeth with a Queen’s Service Medal (QSM) for his extensive ecumenical, aviation and community work. Richard chairs the National Church Leaders Meeting (all denominations) in New Zealand and is a leading aviation historian having written many books on transport history. Richard is married to Jane, an architect, and they have three young adult children.
During a gathering of the Methodist/Wesleyan Movement in New Zealand including leaders in the Methodist Church, the Wesleyan Church, and the Church of the Nazarene, Dr. Fox and Bishop Watson gave thanks for the commitment to the vision of World Methodist Evangelism, and offered prayers for Reverend Waugh’s leadership as Regional Secretary in the region. They declared, “This is a time for the people called Methodist/Wesleyan to ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.’ We are one family with one mission THAT THE WORLD MAY KNOW JESUS CHRIST.”