World Council of Churches.
Appointed. Olav Fykse Tveit, 48, Norwegian theologian and pastor,
as seventh general secretary of the World Council of Churches. Tveit
will be the youngest general secretary since Willem A. Visser 't
Hooft, who led the WCC while it was in process of formation and
following its founding assembly in 1948. Since 2002, Tveit has been
general secretary of the Church of Norway Council on Ecumenical and
International Relations. An ordained Church of Norway pastor, he was a
parish priest in Haram, More Diocese (1988-91), and an army chaplain
during his compulsory year of national service (1987-88). Tveit is a
member of the WCC Faith and Order Plenary Commission and the board of
directors and executive committee of the Christian Council of Norway. He
will replace outgoing general secretary Samuel Kobia, from the Methodist
Church in Kenya.