The following is a statement by Baptist World Alliance President Paul Msiza, on the election and induction of Elijah Brown, 36, on July 7 as the global organization’s new general secretary. Brown begins his tenure on January 1, 2018, succeeding Neville Callam who retires from the position in December.
We thank God for the leadership of Dr. Neville Callam, for the 10 years he led us so well. Now we receive with thanksgiving the new general secretary elect, Elijah Brown.
God has moved in a miraculous way to call and to select a young man, full of energy, very excited. A Christian committed to the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, whose faith stands upon the Lord and the Savior of the church.
It is a joy to receive Elijah as he prepares to serve the BWA come the beginning of next year, 2018. I’m looking forward as president to work with him. I’m looking forward to it with excitement, to see how the Lord will lead us as we begin this new journey with Elijah.
I’m confident God will use him just as God has used Neville; use him to grow the BWA, to continue to expand the mission of God through the BWA.
The BWA is behind him and will support him. He was received with great excitement, a sign that this is God’s hand upon him. We trust that the Lord will keep him and give him good health to take care of the work that is set before him.
Especially, I’m looking forward to seeing how his ministry as a young person will impact the young people, the young adults, to see them getting involved in the whole life of the BWA.
We bless the Lord for this choice and we pray that God will continue to bless us as the Baptist World Alliance.
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©July 7, 2017