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Ann Beran Jones is named vice-moderator

Date 17 Jun 2002 11:58:20 -0400

Note #7239 from PCUSA NEWS to PRESBYNEWS:


Ann Beran Jones is named vice-moderator

by Bill Lancaster

COLUMBUS, OH - The Rev. Fahed Abu-Akel, moderator of the 214th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), has chosen as his vice moderator Ann Beran Jones, the elder from the Presbytery of Chicago who nominated him.

Jones is a member of John Knox Presbyterian Church in Naperville, IL, and is the current moderator of the Presbytery of Chicago. She is a retired Christian educator who served in that capacity in the Western Springs Presbyterian Church, where her retired husband, David Bebb Jones, was pastor for 30 years. She also served as a teacher of gifted students in public schools. In May 2002 she was honored as the Citizen Alumni of Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. 

Jones has been very active in Presbyterian Women, and served from 1997 to 2000 as vice moderator of its Peace and Justice Committee. She met Abu Akel when she accompanied his wife, Mary Zumot Abu-Akel, on a 1999 Presbyterian Women Global Exchange in the Middle East. She now is active in a ministry with women in prison in Illinois.

"I am utterly amazed to be standing before you to serve with Fahed," she told the audience at the General Assembly Breakfast where Abu-Akel announced her choice as vice-moderator. "I am proud to share with him his commitments to spiritual renewal, missions and unity in diversity."  

Jones pointed out that the two Scottish missionaries who had such an impact on Abu-Akel's life were both women. In his speech, Abu-Akel affirmed the importance of women in the New Testament church.

Jones and her husband have two daughters and four granddaughters.
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