General board abruptly dumps general secretary

10/16/2007

By United Methodist News Service

Directors of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries have abruptly dismissed the mission agency’s chief executive. The decision not to re-nominate the Rev. R. Randy Day came Oct. 9 upon recommendation from the board’s personnel committee during the board’s annual meeting in Stamford. The dismissal was effective that day. Directors then approved the appointment of an interim chief executive, and retired United Methodist Bishop Felton May immediately filled that role.

Day, who took office Jan. 1, 2003, had led the Board of Global Ministries for nearly five years. In a statement issued Oct. 10 by the Board of Global Ministries, Martinez said the decision “does not diminish our appreciation for the many talents and skills of Randy Day but indicates that directors are looking for a different style of administrative leadership to take us into the future.”

Contacted by United Methodist News Service, Day declined comment on the board’s decision.