Christopher Z. Neyor, Chairman of the Advance Committee of the First United Methodist Church on Ashmun Street, has been elected by the Council of Bishops to be one of the members of the Governing Board of the newly created Endowment Fund for Theological Education in the Central Conferences of the global United Methodist Church (UMC).
A release from Dr. Neyor’s office said the Central Conferences of the UMC comprises of churches in Europe, Africa and Asia.
Neyor, who was nominated by Liberia’s UMC Bishop, the Rev. Dr. John G Innis, to represent Methodists from English-speaking West Africa, joins Bishop Yemba from Congo representing French-speaking and Dr. Julio Vilanculos of Mozambique, secretary of the African Association of United Methodist Theological Institutions representing the Portuguese speaking African dioceses.
Bishop Innis is Chairman on Theological Education of the UMC Central Conferences.
Others elected outside of Africa include Judge Benjamin Turgano, Lay Leader of the Philippines representing Asia, Bishop Patrick Streiff of Switzerland representing Europe and three persons representing the United States including Bishop Gregory Palmer of the Ohio West Episcopal area.
In acceptance remarks, Neyor said he was humbled by the honor and pledged to work with the others elected to the governing board to ensure improvement of theological education in the United Methodist Central Conferences. He paid homage to Bishop Innis for the nomination.
Meanwhile, the first meeting of the new Governing Board of the Endowment Fund for Theological Education in the UM Central Conferences will be held next month in Nashville, Tennessee, the United States.