Central committee 2023

21 June 2023, Geneva, Switzerland: Group conversations underway as the World Council of Churches central committee gathers in Geneva on 21-27 June 2023, for its first full meeting following the WCC 11th Assembly in Karlsruhe in 2022.


Youth advisors

The youth advisors, appointed to a 2023-2030 term, will endeavor to strengthen the voice of young people in the work of the central committee.

The number of proposed advisors—17—is meant to achieve the target of 25% youth participation in the central committee. Every proposed youth advisor was either a participant at the WCC 11th Assembly or was nominated by their church for the Young People in the Ecumenical Movement Commission.

Leaders elected

The central committee also approved commission bylaws and elected commission leaders for each of the six WCC commissions. The governing body elected by consensus the following moderators:

Commission on Faith and Order

Moderator: Prof. Dr Stephanie Dietrich, Church of Norway

Commission on World Mission and Evangelism

Moderator: Rev. Michael Blair, United Church of Canada

Commission on Education and Ecumenical Formation

Moderator: Rev. Dr Meehyun Chung, Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea

Vice-moderator: Dr Teddy Chalwe Sakupapa, Uniting Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa

Commission of the Churches on International Affairs

Moderator: Dr Mathews George Chunakara,  general secretary of Christian Conference of Asia (CCA)

Young People in the Ecumenical Movement Commission

Moderator: Karen Erina Puimera, Gereja Protestan di Indonesia Bagian Barat

Commission on Health and Healing

Moderator: Dr Stavros Kofinas, Ecumenical Patriarchate

Joint Working Group between the WCC and the Roman Catholic Church

Co-moderator: H.E. Archbishop Dr Vicken Aykazian, Armenian Apostolic Church (Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin)

Joint Consultative Group between the WCC and Pentecostal Churches

Co-moderator: Rev. Dr Jennifer Leath, African Methodist Episcopal Church

Permanent Committee on Consensus and Collaboration (PCCC)

Bishop Sally Dyck, United Methodist Church, and H.E. Elder Metropolitan Emmanuel of Chalcedon, Ecumenical Patriarchate

Commission on Climate Change and Sustainable Development

The WCC central committee also adopted bylaws for a new Commission on Climate Change and Sustainable Development proposed by the WCC 11th Assembly.

The bylaws were developed with reference to other WCC commission bylaws, based on best practices.

The central committee also asked the general secretary to inform the member churches about the creation of a new commission and request nominations.”

Report of the Governance and Nominations Committee

Approved Nominations for Commissions and Joint Consultative Bodies

Photo gallery of the WCC Central committee meeting

WCC Central committee meeting, June 2023