Church Names Clyde Kilough
Council chairman to assume new duties
Cincinnati - On May 12, 2005, the 12-man Council of Elders of the United Church of God
, an International Association, selected Clyde Kilough
as the new president of the Church from a final list of three candidates.
The selection of Mr. Kilough
concluded a process that lasted nearly 60 days following formal input solicited from Church elders and Council members.
Mr. Kilough succeeds Roy Holladay, who served as United's president from 2002 to the present.
In his remarks to the Council, Mr. Kilough said that the Church's CEO must personally understand the Church's mission and vision and keep it constantly in the forefront of those involved in United's work.
"Our members are ready," he
"They want to be rallied."
outlined how the Church's leadership and ministry need to stir up the membership and those associated with United with increased focus and zeal.
Citing II Timothy 1:6, Mr. Kilough
reminded those present that "zeal is a spiritual issue.
spoke of us deepening our sense of being an integral part of the Work of the Church of God
"There are people out there whose lives are waiting to be transformed," Mr. Kilough
"It's a time for us to rally - a time to revive - as people did in Nehemiah's time."
went on to quote from the book of Nehemiah: "Then I said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, 'The work is great and large, and we are separated upon the wall, one far from another.
In what place therefore, ye hear the sound of the trumpet, resort ye thither unto us: our God shall fight for us,'" Nehemiah 4:19-20.
Continuing his planned focus as United's new president, Mr. Kilough stressed that: "This spirit has to come from within, not primarily from projects, media thrusts or personnel changes.
The Church's core strengths are spiritual, not physical.
emphasized: "When our ways please God, He
will bless us."
Mr. Kilough was born in 1951 and came into the Church with his parents in 1963.
He graduated from Ambassador College, Big Sandy, in 1974 and served congregations in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, Canada, from 1974 to 1981.
Since then he
has served congregations in Arkansas, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Ohio and California.
The Kiloughs currently make their home in Sacramento, California, where Mr. Kilough is pastor of congregations in Sacramento and Reno, Nevada.
wife have two children, David and Rebecca, and are excited new grandparents.
In accordance with the by-laws, Mr. Kilough will step down from his prior position as chairman of the Council.
The family will move to Cincinnati shortly, where Mr. Kilough
will devote his
full time to his
new position at the Church's home office.