Ecumenical News International

Norwegian Lutheran elected to lead World Council of Churches

August 28, 2009

Geneva (ENI). The Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, an ordained pastor in the Church of Norway, has been elected as general secretary of the World Council of Churches. The announcement was made in Geneva on 27 August by the WCC's main governing body, its central committee. Tveit, born on 24 November 1960, is general secretary of the Church of Norway Council on Ecumenical and International Relations. He was chosen during a 26 August - 2 September meeting of the WCC governing body. The Norwegian theologian will succeed the Rev. Samuel Kobia, a Methodist from Kenya, who stands down at the end of 2009.



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