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Garrison to Lead PCCNA

AG assistant general superintendent elected to head Pentecostal Charismatic group

Alton Garrison, assistant general superintendent of the U.S. Assemblies of God, has been elected to a three-year term to lead the Pentecostal Charismatic Churches of North America (PCCNA).

Garrison was elected chairperson at the group's annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

AG General Superintendent George O. Wood and National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference President Samuel Rodriguez, an AG pastor, were re-elected as members-at-large to the PCCNA executive committee.

The meeting attracted over 50 leaders from different denominations, church networks, megachurches and parachurch organizations.

The PCCNA was founded in 1994 in an effort to bring down walls between white and black Pentecostals and all races. At this year's meeting, the organization reaffirmed its commitment to "demonstrate unity in the power of the Spirit" through racial reconciliation and kingdom collaboration. Members also united in a "Call to Charlotte," a new evangelism initiative in partnership with the Billy Graham Library and the International Center for Spiritual Renewal.

The goal of PCCNA is to promote unity among Pentecostal and Charismatic Christians so our collective efforts, anointed by the Holy Spirit, will result in a Spirit-empowered renewal in North America," Garrison says. "We want to participate in the Pentecostal/Charismatic revival that is sweeping the world."

The PCCNA also created a new officer position and elected Jeff Farmer, who has served as chairman the past five years, to serve as its first president.

"This action is a strategic stepping stone to PCCNA's future, and comes in the wake of five years of sustained membership and financial growth," said Farmer, the former president of Open Bible Churches.

Other officers elected or re-elected at the meeting were Jerry Wayne Macklin, second assistant presiding bishop of the Church of God in Christ, as vice chairperson; Sterling Brackett, vice president of corporate affairs at International Church of the Foursquare Gospel as secretary; David Wells, general superintendent of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada, as treasurer; and Mark L. Williams, general overseer of the Church of God, as member at large.

Pictured (L-R): Alton Garrison, Assistant General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God; Pastor Fermin and Claudia Garcia of Grupo Unidad; Samuel Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leaders Conference; Randall Bach, President of Open Bible Churches