EEUU: Mark Chavez accepts call as NALC General Secretary

Publicado: septiembre 21, 2011 en Luteranismo, Noticias

HILLIARD, Ohio — The Rev. Mark C. Chavez, director of Lutheran CORE, has accepted a call to serve as General Secretary of the North American Lutheran Church, the NALC  announced Tuesday, Sept. 6.  The General Secretary functions as the chief operating officer of the NALC, managing its day-to-day administrative functions. “I am honored to be asked by Bishop John Bradosky and to be called by the Executive Council to serve as General Secretary of the North American Lutheran Church. I pray that ourLord will help and guide me to serve in that office faithfully and capably,” Pastor Chavez said. “The NALC’s growth in its first year was exciting and encouraging to watch. Now I look forward to full participation in that excitement. It is especially encouraging to see the NALC become what was envisioned and hoped for it — a Lutheran church that is truly Christ-centered, mission-driven, traditionally-grounded and congregationally-focused,” he said. “The focus and passion in the NALC for making disciples of Jesus Christ — the only Lord and Savior there is for all of sinful humanity — is thrilling,” Pastor Chavez said.

NALC Bishop John F. Bradosky selected Pastor Chavez to serve as General Secretary after consultation with the leadership of Lutheran CORE.  Pastor Chavez’s call was then approved by the NALC Executive Council on Thursday, Sept. 1. The General Secretary is appointed by the Bishop and approved by the Executive Council.

Bishop Bradosky served as the NALC’s General Secretary before being elected as the NALC Bishop at the church body’s 2011 Convocation Aug. 11-12 in Hilliard, Ohio. “My prayers and those of many others have been answered with Mark’s acceptance of the call extended by the Executive Council,” Bishop Bradosky said.

“It is amazing that following my election several individuals approached me asking if I had thought of Mark as a potential candidate for the position of General Secretary.  In a similar way, others had approached Mark asking him if he was willing to become our General Secretary, all without knowing that Mark and I had already spoken about that possibility,” Bishop Bradosky said.  “It seems clear the Holy Spirit was confirming the appropriateness of the call even before the Executive Council had a chance to vote.  I look forward to working with Mark and pray that you will welcome him as you have welcomed me.” “Mark’s history of involvement with the reform movements over the past two decades means that he is well known and loved.  His passion is expressed in his thoughtful presentations and bold proclamation of the Gospel, and his organizational expertise has provided stability, integrity and effective administration to Lutheran CORE,” he said.Pastor Chavez, who lives in Landisville, Pa., has served as the director of Lutheran CORE (Coalition for Renewal) for nearly six years.  He also served as vice president and director of the WordAlone Network from 2000 to February 2010. Lutheran CORE is a coalition of renewal movements.  It began in November 2005 as a “coalition for reform” in efforts to maintain Biblical teaching in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The WordAlone Network was one of the reform movements that founded and made up Lutheran CORE.  At that time, the WordAlone Network was the only voice for renewal in the ELCA which was formally organized with an office, full-time staff, and infrastructure. As the ELCA continued to move away from traditional Christian teaching, Lutheran CORE’s focus moved to a “coalition for renewal,” seeking to unite confessional Lutherans regardless of their church body affiliation.  The NALC is one of three church bodies that are members of Lutheran CORE.

Pastor Chavez has been involved in the renewal movement among Lutherans for many years. He was a participant in the first “Call to Faithfulness” theological conference in Northfield, Minn., in 1990, one of the first gatherings to call attention to the ELCA’s drift from Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions.  He signed the 9.5 Theses in 1995, which were an attempt to call for public discussion of the ELCA’s theological drift.  He was called as Director of the WordAlone Network in 2000 and served in that position into early 2010.  He was also one of the leaders involved in forming Solid Rock Lutherans in 2003, the first coalition of confessing Lutherans and precursor to Lutheran CORE.

He is also a leader in the Association for Church Renewal (ACR), an organization of leaders of the renewing and confessing movements in the historic mainline churches.  Through the ACR, he brings connections to the renewal movements in the mainline churches that have worked for decades to keep churches from moving away from the Bible and traditional Christian teaching as norms for their faith and life.

“It has been a great joy and privilege to serve Lutheran CORE. The officers, Steering Committee, staff, and the many volunteers and leaders across the coalition are a fabulous team of dedicated believers. What a blessing to work with such dear sisters and brothers in Christ. I am very thankful that I will still be able to work with them, albeit in a different capacity,” he said.

“Going forward I will personally appreciate Lutheran CORE’s role to connect confessing Lutherans across denominational lines. I will cherish the opportunities to be with many dear friends in the various Lutheran churches in North America and together be mobilized by the Holy Spirit for evangelical renewal,” Pastor Chavez said.

“I cannot sufficiently thank our heavenly Father and so many people for the countless prayers that have been offered over the years for all of those involved in renewal and reform ministries. Those prayers have sustained and uplifted us in such powerful ways. Thank you and God bless you for praying steadfastly,” he said.

“May the Holy Spirit continue to guide and bless Lutheran CORE and the NALC so that in our mutual cooperation and ministries we bear effective witness to Jesus Christ and give all glory to God the Father,” Chavez said.“Pastor Mark Chavez’s life and heart are embedded in Lutheran CORE through all of its existence.  He has been a driving force and faithful leader through many challenges and opportunities.  He will be all this and more in his new NALC call and role,” said the Rev. Paul Ulring, Lutheran CORE Moderator and senior pastor of Upper Arlington Lutheran Church in Columbus, Ohio.  “We are grateful for Mark’s service to Jesus Christ and His Church and we look forward to this new season for him and Lutheran CORE’s continuing partnership with the NALC,” Pastor Ulring said.

“Because Mark Chavez is a selfless and tireless leader who so many already know and trust, his new call really wasn’t a surprise to those who have worked with him,” said Lynn Kickingbird of Edmond, Okla., chair of the Lutheran CORE Steering Committee.

“He is blessed with the spiritual gifts of proclamation, wisdom and managing leadership that will serve the NALC well in its developing years,” she said. Pastor Chavez was born in Denver, Colo., and was raised in Colorado and California. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Queen’s College of Oxford University, Oxford, England.

He served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force from 1976 to 1983, primarily in the Directorate of Soviet Affairs, Air Force Intelligence Service at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. He resigned his commission in the Air Force in 1983 to attend Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., where he earned his Masters of Divinity degree.

After being ordained in 1987, he served as pastor at Peace Lutheran Church in Glen Burnie, Md., (1987-1999); and Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in East Petersburg, Pa., before accepting the call to serve the WordAlone Network.

Pastor Chavez and his wife, Jocelyn, have six children and four grandchildren. The North American Lutheran Church was constituted at the 2010 Convocation of Lutheran CORE Aug. 26-27, 2010, in Grove City, Ohio. The NALC has been growing rapidly since then. More than 255 congregations, representing more than 100,000 Lutherans, have joined the NALC in its first year.

The NALC embodies the theological center of Lutheranism in North America. It is a church body committed to the authority of the Bible as the inspired Word of God and the authoritative source and norm of its proclamation, faith, and life. The NALC believes all doctrines should and must be judged by the teaching of Scripture.

The NALC is committed to shaping its life around four core values: Christ-Centered, Mission-Driven, Traditionally-Grounded, and Congregationally-Focused.

More information is available at http://www.thenalc.org.

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