The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Office of the General Assembly has announced that Ruling Elder Julia Henderson has been appointed interim director of assembly operations, effective November 4. Henderson is stepping into a vacancy created by Tom Hay’s recent departure. Hay retired last month after 11 years in the position.

“I come to this work with a great love for our denomination. It is a love that has grown deeper through each point of connection I have had to a General Assembly,” Henderson said. “At the conclusion of the most recent General Assembly, I told our Stated Clerk, the Reverend Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, that I have never felt more proud to be a Presbyterian due to the work that was accomplished in St. Louis. I am incredibly honored to be appointed to this role.”

Henderson will oversee the planning and execution of all logistics connected with the 224th General Assembly meeting in Baltimore next year. Henderson is no stranger to assembly work, having served as a member of the Committee on Local Arrangements for the Denver assembly in 2003. She has also served as moderator of the General Assembly Procedures Committee at the Minneapolis assembly in 2010 and also worked the General Assembly docket desk at the St. Louis assembly in 2018.

“We are excited to have Julia join our team,” said Kerry Rice, OGA’s Deputy Stated Clerk. “We believe she will bring energy and excitement to this role as we look toward the 224th General Assembly.”

Henderson will continue the role through July 2020. Meantime, the search will continue for a permanent replacement with hopes of filling it in time for the gathering.

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