The Presbyterian Mission Agency Board Executive Committee has appointed two current members of leadership to co-manage the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) until an interim executive director is identified.

Earline Williams has been the deputy executive director of Shared Services and chief financial officer for the Mission Agency since July 2013 and is a ruling elder in PC(USA). Prior to joining the national staff, Williams had worked for more than 30 years in the finance, government, non-profit and business sectors as an executive.

Barry Creech is currently the director of policy, administration and board support and has served on the national staff in various leadership roles in the Executive Director’s Office and Communications since 1989.

“The Executive Committee is very pleased that Earline and Barry are willing to serve together as temporary co-managers,” said Marilyn Gamm, chair of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board. “They not only bring a breadth and depth of Mission Agency management experience but are also dedicated servants of the church who are liked and respected by staff.” 

Linda Valentine resigned her position as executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency on June 16, 2015 after determining that God was calling her to conclude this season of leadership. Her last day is today, July 10, 2015. 

Williams and Creech assume their new roles effective immediately and will serve for the coming months until an interim executive director is identified.

“We offer our thanks and appreciation for the Mission Agency staff and the outstanding ways they inspire, equip and connect the church in its mission,” added Gamm. “They have continued to give of their time and talents as the church seeks to serve Christ’s mission in the world.”

The Presbyterian Mission Agency Board has sought recommendations from across the church for the interim executive director role. This individual will be responsible for leading the Mission Agency until a permanent executive director is identified.