PC(USA) Moderator issues nine challenges to Presbyterians for the coming year

Hope, connections and listening hallmarks of Rada's appeal

April 29, 2015

Heath Rada

Heath Rada —Danny Bolin


In his April 17, 2015, speech delivered to the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board, Moderator Heath Rada spoke to nine points, in which raised nine questions for the members and leaders of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Rada, a retired ruling elder who served the American Red Cross as CEO of the Greater Richmond chapter and president of the Presbyterian School of Christian Education, was recently listed at #53 on Newsmax's "Top 100 Christian Leaders in America." Rada is also scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the Baccalaureate Service of Presbyterian-related Davis & Elkins College on May 15.

Addressing a wide range of issues from young people in the church, the decisions around gay marriage, to the form and structure of the PC(USA) as an organization, Rada asked the denomination to thoughtfully consider his questions while delivering on the commitments it has made to broaden a sense of inclusion, continue in world mission and engage ecumenical and interfaith partners in meaningful service and dialog.

"My friends, God has called us into the communion of fellowship known as the PC(USA). In a spirit that reflects who we are as responsible followers of Christ, let’s start looking at ways to lead our denomination into our new reality," invited Rada. "Let’s find ways to make God smile."

The full text of Rada's speech can be downloaded here.

  1. Informative & hopeful comments from Rev. Rada, who is trying to lead us all higher. Thanks for your efforts, Rev.

    by Stephen_Schlarb

    April 30, 2015

  2. Don't get your hopes up! He's retired from a lot of things, but that's not one of them. There are days when it sounds good, though!

    by Judy Austin

    April 29, 2015

  3. Retired ruling elder? There's an end game in all this?

    by Mike Ferguson

    April 29, 2015