Stephen M. Veazey

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Stephen M. Veazey
Prophet–President of the Church
June 3, 2005 (2005-06-03)
Predecessor W. Grant McMurray
Reason "Church-wide discernment process"[1] following the resignation of W. Grant McMurray
President of the Council of Twelve Apostles
April 2002 – June 3, 2005 (2005-06-03)
Called by Committee of Church Leaders
End reason Called as Prophet-President
Council of Twelve Apostles
April 5, 1992 (1992-04-05) – June 3, 2005 (2005-06-03)
Called by Wallace B. Smith
End reason Called as Prophet-President
Personal details
Born Stephen Mark Veazey
Education Bachelor of science
Master of arts in religion
Alma mater University of Tennessee
Park College
Spouse Cathleen Henson Cackler Veazey
Children Three

Stephen Mark Veazey is the current Prophet-President of the Community of Christ, headquartered in Independence, Missouri. Veazey's name was presented to the church in March 2005 by a joint council of church leaders led by the Council of Twelve Apostles, as the next Prophet-President. Delegates elected to a special World Conference of the church approved Veazey and he was ordained as the eighth President of the High Priesthood, Prophet, and President of the Church on June 3, 2005.[2]

Veazey has been a full-time minister in the church since 1983. He was ordained a member of the Council of Twelve Apostles in 1992. In April 2002, he was set apart as president of the Council of Twelve and assigned by the First Presidency as director of Field Ministries. He has also brought support and leadership to Church Planting Ministries and Young Adult and Campus Ministries. His areas of ministry have included missionary and administrative work in the Southern USA Mission Field, the Africa-East Central Field; the South Central and the East Central States Regions; the Division of Program Services, Outreach Ministries; the North Central Region; the Advanced Leadership Studies at World Church headquarters; and the African-American Ministries.[2]

Before 1983, Veazey was an executive minister to the Fremont, California congregation and was in charge of a missionary development project funded by the World Church for San Francisco Bay Stake. Veazey also served the church as a young adult two-year contractual minister to Pacific Northwest Region, in the Portland Metropole; director of youth camps and seminars; field associate for the Young Adult and Campus Ministries Office; presiding elder in McKenzie, Tennessee; and counselor to the pastor in Paris, Tennessee. He holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Arts in religion from Park College.[2]

Veazey presented Doctrine and Covenants Section 163 to the 2007 World Conference of the Community of Christ. He cited the Hymns of the Saints as a source for this document, which clarifies the theology of scripture, the mission of the church, and other ecclesiastical matters in the Community of Christ.[3]

On January 17, 2010, Veazey presented another document which became part of the Doctrine and Covenants. A very short message of inspired counsel was included in the President's April 5, 2009 address to the church. On April 14, 2010, Community of Christ voted to affirm the counsel as scripture. It is now included in the Doctrine and Covenants as section 164.[4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Stephen M. Veazey, "Stepping into the River of Revelation in the Restoration Tradition," Restoration Studies Vol. XI (2010), 2.
  2. ^ a b c Stephen M. Veazey, cofchrist.org, accessed March 2, 2008.
  3. ^ Stephen M. Veazey, "Doctrine and Covenants 163: My Testimony, cofchrist.org, accessed March 2, 2008.
  4. ^ http://www.cofchrist.org/D&C164/


Community of Christ titles
Preceded by
W. Grant McMurray
Prophet–President
2005–
Succeeded by
incumbent