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GCAH Seeks New Chief Officer

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General Secretary Rev. Alfred T. Day of the General Commission on Archives and History (GCAH) announced his plans to retire before the end of 2020 after having served 45 years in pastoral and supervisory ministries in the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference and globally as General Secretary.

The Commission is now in the process of seeking new leadership. The General Secretary (GS) is responsible for supervision over the operation, management, personnel and control of GCAH business. As the Commission’s chief executive officer, the GS leads its mission and mandates with strategic vision, oversees its administration, serves as editor of its publications, looks after its depositories and collections, fulfills its connectional responsibilities to the General Conference and General Conference agencies, maintains relations with Drew University, and presides over the Commission’s board of directors. 

GCAH is charged with promotion and care for the historical interests of The United Methodist Church (UMC) at every level. One of the 13 general boards and agencies of the UMC, it gathers, preserves, and holds title to library and archival material for the denomination and disseminates interpretive materials on the history of the UMC and its antecedents. 

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at GCAH,” Day said. “Being part of a ministry that exists to help the UMC preserve its past in order to engage the present and authentically envision the future has been extremely fulfilling. I could not have worked alongside a more gifted and devoted team. Whatever has gone well in my tenure is thanks to them and the groundwork laid by my predecessors.”

Persons interested in applying for the position have until June 15, 2020 to submit materials. The full job posting and instructions for application can be found here: