Janet Edwards steps down as GA moderator candidate

Husband’s sudden serious illness would make serving ‘impossible’

May 29, 2012

The Rev. Janet Edwards

The Rev. Janet Edwards —PNS file photo


The Rev. Janet Edwards has announced that she is stepping down as a candidate for moderator of the upcoming 220th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) because of a sudden serious illness that has struck her husband, Alvise.

While undergoing surgery to repair a ruptured disc in his neck on May 9, Alivse was discovered to have an enlarged thyroid that will require partial or complete removal.

“The complexity of Alvise’s sudden health problems, and the likely length of treatment and recovery, have made it clear that standing for moderator and serving in the office would be impossible for me at this time — at a time when my husband needs me most, Janet Edwards said in a statement.

“I am very grateful for the confidence of all who share my vision for the PC(USA),” Edwards said, “especially Jeff Krehbiel (her running mate for vice-moderator) whose joy at standing with me was such a gift. I know the church I love is in God’s sure hands.”

Edwards’ withdrawal leaves four candidates standing for moderator: the Rev. Robert Austell Jr. of Charlotte Presbytery; the Rev. Randy Branson of Palo Duro Presbytery; the Rev. Sue Krummel of Great Rivers Presbytery; and the Rev. Neal Presa of Elizabeth Presbytery.

The moderator of the 220th General Assembly will be elected on the opening day of the Assembly, June 30, in Pittsburgh. The biennial Assembly runs through July 7.

  1. Janet, you and Alvise are in my prayers. May God's grace continue to uphold and sustain you. Peter Grosso, GA220 Alternate Commissioner, Pittsburgh Presbytery

    by Rev. Peter Grosso

    June 21, 2012

  2. Janet, we are saddened to hear this news. We are grateful for all that you have already given to the work of this Assembly and know that when the time is right, you will be able to give even more. We will hold you both in our prayers. Blessings and may Alvise be returned to full health very soon! Jen & Mary Callaghan, Buffalo, NY

    by Jen & Mary Callaghan

    June 4, 2012

  3. I was looking forward to your witness at Assembly. But, will now hold you and Alvise in these days of recovery. Bill

    by Bill Coop

    June 4, 2012

  4. Sorry the denomination want have the opportunity to consider your and Jeff's service this year but both have your served us well in many places.My prayers are with you in this season. God be with you and your husband as you minister to one another.

    by Robert Foltz-Morrison

    June 4, 2012

  5. I will be praying for your husband and you. When we pray with faith then all thing work for good. I no not what the future holds for me but do not fear what that might be. I My family sent me a prayer quilt from the Burt, IA. Presbyterian and as I wrap myself in it I pray that His will be done. Wyckfordpond.blogspot.com Thank you Holy Spirit for bring us all together. In Jesus name we pray.

    by Michael Johns

    June 1, 2012

  6. Rev. Edwards, human beings plan and God executes.....please know that our prayers are with you during this time in your life. God's will has already been done. Through and by His hands, all will be well. K. D & Frances Singleton, Second Presbyterian Church, Sumter, SC 29151

    by K. D. Singleton

    May 30, 2012