"If elected to the vice president position in the coming year I look forward to continuing to provide a youthful perspective to the organization while honoring the heritage and foundational principles of our beloved faith community."
The Nominating Committee nominates at least one candidate for each open elected position. The following candidate statements have been received by the Messenger to date.
"It’s once again an honor to accept nomination for the office of Recording Secretary of the Swedenborgian Church of North America, a position to which I was first elected in 2015...I continue to very much enjoy working as secretary and hope to continue in the position."
Since 2021, Tom has served as a member of the Convention’s General Council and would be honored to continue in service.
"I am honored to be nominated to be a Canadian representative for the General Council...I served for several years on the Paulhaven Camp Committee, as a provincial representative for the Western Canada Conference, and am honored to have served my second year as Western Canada Conference president and have much to learn."
"It would be my honor to serve on the General Council. I served two terms on the General Council early in my ministry and bring to it now deeper understanding and life experience from over twenty-seven years in parish ministry..."
"Rev. Dr. David Brown is Lead Minister at Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, and has been serving this spiritual community since the summer of 2006. Rev. Brown is also a part-time minister at the Garden Church in San Pedro, California, since the summer of 2022. "
"I am active in the Swedenborgian Church at the local level (treasurer), the Ohio Association of Swedenborgian Churches (past president), and the denomination level (membership on the Nominating Committee and the Standing Committee for Financial Accountability). I have served nine years on the Board of Trustees for our school of religion, The Center for Swedenborgian Studies at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California."
"Stan Conger has been a Swedenborgian since birth having grown up in the Los Angeles Church. He served on the Los Angeles Church board, as vice president, president, and treasurer."
"Gabriella Cahaley returned to school after many years of managing aquatic programing, teaching, and coaching swimming. Gabriella obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona and went into seminary; first at the Pacific School of Religion then transferred to Earlham School of Religion where she earned her M.Div. degree."
"Robert Carr has been an active member of the San Francisco Swedenborgian church since 1995, twice serving as council president (and is currently the Treasurer). He is also a board member for the Center for Swedenborgian Studies, the Swedenborg Foundation, and Wayfarers Chapel (where he is also Treasurer). On boards such as these he tends to gravitate to the business and operations areas."
"With over forty years of involvement in the church at local, state, and national levels, I’ve gotten to know many of you and this makes me an excellent candidate for the Nominating Committee. I grew up in the village of Elmwood, Massachusetts, and attended the New Church there for many years. I was active in the youth group at the church and attended summer camp at Blairhaven in South Duxbury, Massachusetts."
"I have been Recording Secretary for the Ohio Association for several years and created an Archive Committee for our Association. On a wider scale, I am Secretary for Deborah’s Tree and for the Rainbow Committee. I also am part of the Convention’s Library and Documents Committee. I would be very pleased and excited to serve the church in yet another way."