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[PCUSANEWS] James Foster Reese is 3rd moderator candidate

Date 3 Feb 2003 15:11:47 -0500

Note #7582 from PCUSA NEWS to PRESBYNEWS:

James Foster Reese is 3rd moderator candidate 
February 3, 2003

James Foster Reese is 3rd moderator candidate 

by Jerry L. Van Marter

LOUISVILLE - New York City Presbytery has made the Rev. James Foster Reese,
its interim executive presbyter, the third candidate for moderator of the 
215th General Assembly.

	Reese, 79, a native of Harrodsburg, KY, has had a long and
distinguished career at all levels of the Presbyterian Church (USA). He
graduated from PC(USA)-related Knoxville College and Pittsburgh Theological
Seminary and earned a Masters Degree in Education from the University of

	After his ordination in 1949, Reese served parishes in Camden, AL,
and Knoxville, TN, before going into overseas mission service in 1967. He
served as a teacher at St. Paul's Theological College in Kumuru, Kenya, for a
year. After returning to the United States, he worked for four years as an
education consultant to Synod of Catawba (NC), then joined the denomination's
national staff - first in Philadelphia, with the Board of Christian
Education, then in New York with the Vocation Agency.

	The presbytery unanimously endorsed Reese during its Jan. 28 meeting.
He has been the presbytery's interim executive since June 1999.

	After the 1983 Presbyterian reunion, Reese was called as the first
(and only) director of the Racial Ethnic Ministry Unit, and served in
Louisville in that capacity from 1987 until his retirement in 1994. The unit
was disbanded as part of the 1993 restructuring commonly known as "shape and

	Wherever he has worked, he has been an articulate, passionate
advocate for racial justice and civil rights. He and his wife, who live in
Cherry Hill, NJ, have three adult children - Mildred, James and Foster.

	He joins the Rev. Susan Andrews of Bethesda, MD (National Capital
Presbytery) and the Rev. Harold Kurtz of Portland, OR (Cascades Presbytery)
in the race for moderator.

	The 215th General Assembly is scheduled for May 24-31, in Denver, CO.

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