The Executive Bishop is chief governor and leader of the General Church of the New Jerusalem (General Church). His role, like all of the clergy, is to teach the Lord's truth and show how that truth creates a good quality of life which leads to heaven.
The structure of the organization is Episcopal, but in a modified form. While the leadership comes from the bishop's office, vision, policies, and practices result from extensive discussions with the administrative team, the clergy as a whole and various lay boards, committees and councils. The bishop and his delegates oversee the clergy and congregations to provide for systematic worship and instruction for people of all ages. He is also responsible for overseeing the organization's business affairs; however, lay boards and members of the administration provide the expertise and practical experience to ensure that the functions of the church are well supported and developed.
New bishops are selected and nominated by the clergy, affirmed by the Board, then elected by the membership of the General Church. They usually serve approximately ten years in office.
The Executive Bishop and the Assistant to the Bishop visit congregations around the world to provide guidance and support.
The Rt. Rev. Brian W. Keith
Brian is currently the Executive Bishop of the General Church. He has served as a General Church priest for over 32 years, in various capacities. He was pastor of the Sharon Church, Chicago, IL; The Immanuel Church in Glenview, IL; Bishop's Representative for the Midwest; dean of the Academy of the New Church Theological School; and principal of the Bryn Athyn Church School, and was Assistant Bishop, before becoming the Executive Bishop. He was ordained into the third degree of the priesthood on October 17, 2004, and took office on as Executive Bishop in 2013.
The Rt. Rev. Peter M. Buss, Jr.
Pete is currently the Assistant to the Bishop of the General Church. He has served as a General Church priest for over 20 years. He has most recently been the Pastor of the Glenview New Church and School, and before that was the Assistant to the Pastor in the Washington New Church. He was ordained into the third degree of the priesthood, and took office as Assistant to the Bishop in 2013.