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Renewal Fellowship selects new executive director.

THE BOARD of the church's most prominent evangelical association has selected Rev. Fred Stewart to become its new executive director. He begins work Oct. 1, and will replace Rev. Calvin Brown who retired from the position after 16 years.

"I think it's very exciting," Stewart said of his new role with the Renewal Fellowship. "But I'm scared stiff, too. Whenever you go into something you've never done before, you can only speculate on what it will be like. I've done a lot of thinking, and am going to talk to a lot of people who have a passion for the Fellowship. ... It's fairly overwhelming whenever you follow a minister who has held a position for many years. I hope to learn from Calvin's experiences."

Stewart convened a committee that planned three evangelical conferences for the Presbytery of Hamilton in 2005, 2006 and 2007. He said he hoped those experiences, and the many relationships he has forged with fellow ministers over the years, will help him as he moves into new territory.

"One of the things I have resisted are the one-word labels: conservative, liberal, evangelical," he noted. "No one word can aptly express anyone I know in the Presbyterian Church. I really love our big tent."

The Renewal Fellowship is made up of Presbyterians committed to the group's covenant. For information on the organization and its events and publications, visit renewalfellowship.presbyterian.ca. --CW

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Title Annotation:Community News; Rev. Fred Stewart
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Date:Oct 1, 2011
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