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New Trans European Division President Nominated


Raafat Kamal, the field secretary and assistant to the president of the Trans European Division, has been nominated to serve as the new president of the Division in a meeting of the Division Executive Committee with General Conference President Ted N.C. Wilson. The nomination goes to the July 10 meeting of the General Conference Administrative Committee for approval.

If approved, Kamal will step into the position held by Bertil Wiklander who is retiring effective August 1, after serving as TED president since 1995.

Kamal is the former executive director of ADRA UK and ADRA Trans Europe. With five master’s degrees, including one in education, Kamal has served the church as an educator in Norway, and in Pakistan and the United Kingdom in humanitarian aid work. 

“I am delighted with the choice of my successor,” Wiklander said. “We have worked closely together for several years, and I know him as deeply committed to the church, its message and mission. . . He combines a brilliant mind with extraordinary humility. I know his great burden is to see the church grow in Europe.”

Reorganized for the seventh time in 2012 after several areas of the world, including the Middle East Mission, South Sudan, Pakistan, and Afghanistan were removed from its jurisdiction in 2011, the Trans European Division still includes 22 countries in which there are 1,166 churches and 84,093 members.

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