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Africa and the Middle East
Preacher, Service of Worship (Feb. 24), Rev. John McCullough
Master of Ceremonies, Capitol Hill Reception (Feb. 25), Dr. Robert Edgar
The Rev. John L. McCullough is the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Church World Service, Inc.; and has served in this capacity since 2000. Headquartered in New York City, Church World Service (CWS) is the oldest and largest ecumenical humanitarian organization in the world, working to end hunger and poverty globally.
Working in partnership with regional and national Council of Churches, and indigenous organizations in more than eighty countries around the world, CWS responds to issues of natural disaster, refugees, displaced populations, sustainable development, community education, international justice and human rights. As part of the General Assembly of the National Council of the Churches of Christ (NCCCUSA), CWS maintains a joint office on public policy and advocacy with the National Council of Churches, in Washington, D.C.
Rev. McCullough is an ordained elder of the United Methodist Church. Along with degrees from Xavier University of Louisiana and Boston University, he has nearly three decades of experience in international development. He has traveled extensively, and has, along with his wife, lived abroad while working amongst the Tharakan people, a remote and impoverished community in northeast Kenya from 1981-84.
Before his election as Executive Director, Rev. McCullough served as Associate General Secretary in charge of Mission Personnel for the United Methodist Church. There he provided administrative oversight for a missionary program that expanded to more than two thousand missionaries under his leadership. He also administered the prestigious Crusade Scholarship Program. He sees his personal mission as Preparing leaders for church and society, Serving the needs of humanity, and Working for global justice.
He has been interviewed extensively by national and international media; and, has participated as panelist and keynote speaker at international gatherings and conferences.
He is married to JoAnn Smith, formerly of New Orleans, and they have three daughters, Erika, Monique, and Jasmine. Their home is in Montclair, New Jersey.
Dr. Bob Edgar is general secretary of the
National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, the leading U.S.
organization in the movement for Christian unity. Thirty-six Protestant,
His wide-ranging career has also included
pastorates at United Methodist congregations and stints as a teacher,
college chaplain, community organizer, and director of a "think tank" on
national security issues.