List of Moderators of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

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The office of the Moderator of the General Assembly is the highest elected position in the Presbyterian Church (USA). The Moderator is responsible for presiding over the meeting of the General Assembly, which was held annually until 2004, and on alternate years since. After the meeting, which lasts for about a week, the Moderator serves as an ambassador of the denomination throughout the remainder of the term. After completing the term, most former Moderators take on the role of a church statesman or stateswoman.

The chart below shows the Moderators and Vice Moderators, and the place of meetings, since the United Presbyterian Church in the United States of America and the Presbyterian Church in the United States merged to form the present day Presbyterian Church (USA).

Moderators and Vice Moderators of Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assemblies[edit]

Number Year Place of Meeting Moderator Vice Moderator
195th GA 1983 Atlanta, Georgia The Rev. Randolph Taylor none
196th GA 1984 Phoenix, Arizona The Rev. Harriet Nelson none
197th GA 1985 Indianapolis, Indiana Elder William H. Wilson none
198th GA 1986 Minneapolis, Minnesota The Rev. Benjamin Weir none
199th GA 1987 Biloxi, Mississippi Elder Isabel W. Rogers none
200th GA 1988 St. Louis, Missouri The Rev. C. Kenneth Hall none
201st GA 1989 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Rev. Joan Salmon-Campbell none
202nd GA 1990 Salt Lake City, Utah Elder Price H. Gwynn, III The Rev. Sharon Johnson
203rd GA 1991 Baltimore, Maryland The Rev. Dr. Herbert D. Valentine none
204th GA 1992 Milwaukee, Wisconsin The Rev. John Fife none
205th GA 1993 Orlando, Florida The Rev. David Dobler none
206th GA 1994 Wichita, Kansas The Rev. Robert Bohl none
207th GA 1995 Cincinnati, Ohio Elder Marj Carpenter The Rev. William F. Henning
208th GA 1996 Albuquerque, New Mexico The Rev. John M. Buchanan Elder Gay Mothershed
209th GA 1997 Syracuse, New York Elder Patricia G. Brown Elder D. Eugene (Gene) Sibery
210th GA 1998 Charlotte, North Carolina The Rev. Douglas Oldenburg The Rev. James E. Mead
211th GA 1999 Fort Worth, Texas Elder Freda Gardner The Rev. Floyd Rhodes
212th GA 2000 Long Beach, California The Rev. Syngman Rhee Elder Rebecca McElroy
213th GA 2001 Louisville, Kentucky The Rev. Dr. Jack Rogers The Rev. Janet Arbesman
214th GA 2002 Columbus, Ohio The Rev. Fahed Abu-Akel Elder Ann Beran Jones
215th GA 2003 Denver, Colorado The Rev. Dr. Susan R. Andrews Elder Charles Easley
216th GA 2004 Richmond, Virginia Elder Rick Ufford-Chase The Rev. Jean Marie Peacock
217th GA 2006 Birmingham, Alabama The Rev. Joan Gray Elder Robert Wilson
218th GA 2008 San José, California The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow[1] The Rev. Byron Wade
219th GA 2010 Minneapolis, Minnesota Elder Cynthia Bolbach[2] The Rev. Landon Whitsitt
220th GA 2012 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania The Rev. Dr. Neal Presa[3] The Rev. Tara Spuhler McCabe, resigned[4] and replaced by
The Rev. Dr. Tom Trinidad[5]
221st GA 2014 Detroit, Michigan Elder Heath Rada[6] The Rev. Larissa Kwong Abazia
222nd GA 2016 Portland, Oregon
223rd GA 2018 St. Louis, Missouri
224th GA 2020 Baltimore, Maryland

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reyes-Chow elected moderator of 218th GA, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), June 21, 2008, retrieved June 20, 2014 
  2. ^ Cynthia Bolbach elected Moderator on fourth ballot, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), July 4, 2010, retrieved June 20, 2014 
  3. ^ Neal D. Presa elected moderator on fourth ballot, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), June 30, 2012, retrieved June 20, 2014 
  4. ^ McCabe resigns as vice moderator of the 220th GA, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), July 4, 2012, retrieved June 21, 2014 
  5. ^ Tom Trinidad is confirmed as new vice moderator of 220th GA, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), July 4, 2012, retrieved June 21, 2014 
  6. ^ Rada elected moderator of 221st General Assembly on first ballot, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), June 15, 2014, retrieved June 20, 2014