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Mission leader takes medical leave

The Rev. Edward Paup

By Linda Bloom*
August 10, 2009 | NEW YORK (UMNS)

The top executive of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries has taken a short-term medical leave.

The leave for the Rev. Edward Paup to diagnose “a potentionally serious medical condition” was effective Aug. 10, Ohio West Bishop Bruce Ough told board directors and staff in a memo issued the same day. The length of the leave is undetermined.

Ough, who serves as president of Board of Global Ministries, has designated Roland Fernandes, the agency’s general treasurer, to run operations during Paup’s absence, working in consultation with the staff cabinet.

The mission agency has been in the midst of a restructuring process approved by its directors in April. “My role is to keep things moving in the ways they should be going at this time,” Fernandes said.

Roland Fernandes

In his memo, Ough asked for prayers for Paup and his family, the agency and the mission of the church and expressed confidence in the “commitment and competence” of both staff and directors.

“Global Ministries is in the midst of a remarkable, creative and chaotic transformation for the sake of those we serve,” he wrote. “The new thing that God is doing within and through the agency is still being birthed. This development is one more unanticipated wrinkle.”

The restructuring and a $4 million cut in the 2009 agency’s operating budget also resulted in the elimination of 45 staff positions at the end of July.

*Bloom is a United Methodist News Service news writer based in New York.

News media contact: Linda Bloom, New York, (646) 369-3759 or newsdesk@umcom.org

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