There will be a “leveling out” in the future as the emphasis shifts from clergy, buildings and the white middle class to a more empowered lay leadership, a variety of venues and a more expansive view of “who God has called to be God’s people,” says the stated clerk of the PC(USA).
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Gradye Parsons is the stated clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the chief executive officer of the denomination.
Before he was elected to that office in 2008, Parsons was associate stated clerk of the General Assembly for eight years. He helped in the transition from annual to biennial General Assemblies and was the staff liaison to the Theological Task Force on the Peace, Unity and Purity of the PC(USA).