President-elect of the (Disciples) Council on Christian Unity

Friends of the Council on Christian Unity

Dear Friends,

I am delighted to share the news regarding the naming of the Rev. Seung Un (Paul) Tche as the President-elect of the Council on Christian Unity. He will begin his service on September 1, and will work alongside me until my retirement in 2016. At that time he will become the fifth President of the CCU, following in the tradition of Peter Ainslie III, George G. Beazley, Jr., Paul A Crow, Jr., and myself.

In making this announcement, the Rev. Kory Wilcoxson, chair of the Search Committee and the CCU Board, shared, “We had several excellent candidates for the position, but it was clear to us that Paul was the right person for the job. The committee was impressed with his gift of relationship-building, his authenticity, and his personal experience in the work for Christian unity. The Board looks forward to working with Paul as we help CCU move into its next chapter of leadership.”

As President-elect, Paul will be learning more about the programs, involvements and future possibilities of the CCU as he gives leadership to the historic witness of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) to the vision of the unity of all Christians and the oneness of Christ’s church. He will also be engaged in establishing personal contacts throughout the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and with ecumenical leaders both in North America and internationally.

I know that Paul is excited to get to know each of you, and to work with you in the vital ministry of unity and reconciliation..

With all best wishes, and thanks for your support of me over these past 16 years,

Robert Welsh
The Rev. Seung Un (Paul) Tche

[PaulTche]Paul has extensive experience in the ecumenical world and a passion for unity across denominations and faiths. He recently completed a six-year term on the CCU Board, including two years as chair (2013-2014), so he is intimately familiar with the purpose and vision of CCU.

He has been serving s pastor of White Oak Pond Christian Church in Richmond, Ky since August 2013. He previously served churches in Louisville and Lexington, Ky. Tche, a first-generation immigrant from South Korea, received his Bachelor and Master of Arts in South Korea, and earned his Master of Divinity from Brite Divinity School in Texas.

In addition to his work with Disciples, Tche is currently the co-president of the Korean American Ecumenical Network, a consortium of five denominations working for peace on the Korean Peninsula. He has also served as a Disciples representative for the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Consultation on Peace, Justice, and Reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula, and the 10th General Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Busan, South Korea, in 2013.

He married to Yeon Lim, who is a Ph.D. candidate in Philosophy. They have a son, Brandon.