On Monday, September 19, 2011, the Executive Board of The Wesleyan Church received and accepted the resignation of General Superintendent Thomas E. Armiger. Armiger’s decision came after being invited by the Board of Directors of World Hope International (WHI) to become that organization's new chief executive officer, following the recent resignation of Karl Eastlack, who was WHI’s president and CEO for the past two years. WHI is a Christian relief and development organization working with vulnerable and exploited communities to alleviate poverty, suffering and injustice.
Jo Anne Lyon, chair of the Board of General Superintendents, and General Superintendent Jerry Pence both expressed regret about Armiger’s resignation, while affirming his new role.
“Tom’s passion and commitment to the Church throughout the world is unequaled,” said Lyon. “It is with joy that we look towards this new phase of his leadership.”
“The Wesleyan Church has been blessed by Tom’s faithful, fruitful years of denominational leadership,” said Pence. “His wisdom and experience will bless World Hope International and fuel the fires of our shared vision for spreading hope and holiness.”
Armiger has been one of three members of the Board of General Superintendents of The Wesleyan Church since 1997. A graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University and Nazarene Theological Seminary, he was ordained in 1979, later completing his doctor of ministry degree at Fuller Theological Seminary. His career has included service as a local church pastor, as a denominational executive in the General Department of Student Ministries, and as superintendent of the Virginia (now Shenandoah) District of The Wesleyan Church. His resignation as general superintendent becomes effective September 30.
Following acceptance of his resignation, the Executive Board approved reassignment of Armiger’s administrative duties to the remaining members of the Board of General Superintendents. Lyon will assume responsibility for supervision of the 11 districts and district superintendents in the Eastern Area (including Atlantic, Central Canada, Central New York, Chesapeake, Eastern New York-New England, North Carolina East, North Carolina West, Penn-Jersey, Shenandoah, Western New York, and Western Pennsylvania), as well as corporate oversight of The Wesleyan Church of Canada. Pence will assume responsibility for supervising all headquarters internal operations previously assigned to Armiger.
Armiger brings a wealth of prior knowledge and passion for World Hope International to his new role, having served for seven years previously as chair of its Board of Directors.
"We are very pleased and excited at the depth of knowledge and experience Dr. Thomas Armiger will bring to World Hope International," said Evvy Hay Campbell, WHI Board of Directors chair. "He brings a great understanding of the needs of developing countries and a heart for World Hope International's global mission. Though we are saddened by the resignation of Dr. Eastlack and express our best wishes for his future service to Christ, we are confident in our subsequent decision of appointing Dr. Armiger as CEO."
--Wesleyan Information Network
Editor's Note: The Wesleyan Church and the Church of the Nazarene are sister holiness denominations.
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