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GCAH Chief Executive to Retire Next Year

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General Secretary Rev. Alfred T. Day of the General Commission on Archives and History (GCAH), announced his plans to retire no later than June 30, 2020. At that time, he will have served 45 years in pastoral and supervisory ministries in his home conference, Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference, and throughout the United States.

“The work of the General Commission, the people by my side, and travels along the way are a high point in all those years,” said Day. “I have enthusiastically devoted myself to the promotion and preservation of the historical interests of The United Methodist Church and its antecedents since coming to this position in July 2014, and in the six years prior when I served as a member of the Commission. I depart in hopes of applying the same energy to retirement: to home, family, reading, writing, new avenues of service and life rhythms different from those required for leading one of our church’s 13 general boards and agencies.”

Bishop Jeremiah Park, president of GCAH, expressed his appreciation to Day for his passionate commitment and contributions since receiving this position in 2014. He also spoke to the process for finding a new general secretary given the timing of Day’s departure and the uncertain times the UMC faces heading into General Conference 2020. A basic framework for the formation of a search committee and an outline for determining the search process has been approved by the Executive Committee. Full details for next steps will be reviewed and approved at the annual meeting of the Board of Directors in September 2019.

“I am well aware my retirement coincides with uncertain times in The United Methodist Church and that such times may bring challenges to hiring a new general secretary,” said Day. “I am confident in the leadership of the General Commission to see this transition to completion. I will notleave GCAH without the executive leadership it needs. This includes, if the Commission requests, staying on beyond June 30, 2020, as necessary.”

Day added, “I am proud of the work that we have done in my tenure and the dedication of the incredible staff I have had the privilege to work alongside. It has been an honor to serve with you.”