Our new Executive Bishop

Our next Executive Bishop!

The Rt. Rev. Peter M. Buss Jr. has been affirmed as the next Executive Bishop.  He received 1,445 “yes” votes, to 304 “no” votes and 5 “abstain” votes for an 82.38 affirmative percentage.

Congratulations to Pete and we now look forward to his leadership, beginning July 1, 2019.

Balloting process that was followed

Ballots were sent out in mid-July to every General Church member via two different methods. The ballots provide an anonymous “voting number” for each individual General Church member. Ballots were sent by email to any member for whom we have a valid email address, and should already have been received. These ballots provide a link which can be used for voting immediately. Sometimes, a person’s email system or email provider (Gmail, Hotmail, etc.) will filter emails into a junk email folder, so members should check this.

Ballots were also sent by the postal system bulk mail service, which of course will take longer to arrive—in the US and internationally, but has much greater coverage. Members could then respond either electronically or by mail.

Curriculum Vitae

Vision for the church and philosophy of leadership

Questions from the General Church Board

Sermons, articles, etc.

Recommendations from fellow clergy

Peter has strong pastoral experience, both as an assistant pastor and head pastor of major societies. He has strong experience in administrative positions at the congregational level and at the church-wide level, as an assistant to the executive bishop of the General Church and as overseer of the office of Education. He has lived and travelled outside of North America as well as in North America. He has a background that allows him to understand the many aspects of the complex organization that is the General Church.

Peter has demonstrated a good knowledge of doctrine and ability to organize and articulate this knowledge in effective and inspiring presentations. He presents the doctrines of the Word clearly and in a way that is applicable and in touch with people’s lives.

Peter has a good temperament for a tough job like bishop: energy, strength and interest in leadership. He thinks clearly, responds to people charitably and evenly, maintains a gentle and humble spirit, and projects good will. He listens well, seems respectful of other’s input, and carries through in the decisions he makes. He seems consistently positive and undaunted by the challenges that he is tasked with. As a leader he has faced challenging issues with wisdom and tact.

Peter can provide steady leadership, supporting much of what has been the General Church for decades now, but also has a willingness to consider what might be done differently in the future. This may help support a healthy unity within the General Church.

Peter has formed good friendships with a broad group of lay people surrounding his age. These connections and the conversations that can easily support are a good grounding for a position that could end up being a little removed from that kind of contact. Peter has also been able to form relationships outside of Bryn Athyn through extensive travel to congregations both in North America and abroad.

Peter’s wife, Teresa, has shown a willingness to travel with Peter, which is appreciated by the congregations who are visited. She also has displayed tact and graciousness that has kept her from being identified with a “position” which is valuable given some of the swirling issues of the church today.