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UMC's The Rev. John L. McCullough Named CWSW Interim Director 

            May 17, 2000, NEW YORK CITY – The Rev. John L. McCullough, Associate General Secretary of the United Methodist Church General Board of Global Ministries, New York, will serve the National Council of Churches beginning June 1 as Interim Director for Church World Service and Witness (CWSW). 

            The Rev. McCullough, of Montclair, N.J., steps in as the search continues for a permanent replacement for the Rev. Dr. Rodney I. Page, retiring May 31 following just over four years of service as head of the NCC’s international ministry of emergency response, development and refugee assistance. 

In announcing the appointment, NCC General Secretary Bob Edgar thanked Dr. Page for his leadership, particularly for helping guide CWSW through a successful strategic planning process, and wished him well in his retirement plans.  Dr. Page is a minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). 

Dr. Edgar noted the Rev. McCullough’s broad international experience, including pastorates in the United States and Kenya and leadership in the UMC General Board of Global Ministries since 1991.   

The Rev. McCullough’s accomplishments include presenting more than 1,150 persons for commissioning into mission service; administering a program of scholarships that awarded assistance to more than 700 students around the world, managing the transition and merging of mission personnel work during the restructure of the General Board of Global Ministries, and introducing numerous new mission initiatives including Missioners of Hope, Volunteers for Africa, Conference Committees on Mission Personnel and Korean American Mission Pastors.

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