Presbyterians elect Md. cleric

November 04, 1993|By Staff Report

GAITHERSBURG -- A Montgomery County minister who is an executive of the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. has been elected director of national ministries of the 2.8 million-member Presbyterian Church (USA)

The Rev. Curtis A. Kearns Jr. of Gaithersburg was named by the BTC General Assembly of the denomination after an election Oct. 30.

Beginning Jan. 1, he will head its evangelism, social justice and higher education ministries, mission funding, churchwide personnel services and programs dealing with racial, ethnic and women's concerns.

The denomination is based in Louisville, Ky. It has an annual program budget of more than $103 million.

In a reference to controversies over theology and social issues in the old, mainline church, Mr. Kearns said, "We've got to celebrate God's grace no matter what our disputes, and if we remember to celebrate, others will be drawn to our joy."

Mr. Kearns has long been active in the work of the Presbyterian Church.

Most recently he was the chairman of the church's National Committee on the Self-Development of People.

He is a member of the National Capital Presbytery, based in Washington.

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