Elected • Matthew Harrison, as president of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. He previously headed the church's World Relief and Human Care division.
Died • Robert Bratcher, controversial Southern Baptist translator of the Good News Bible, on July 11 in North Carolina. He was 90.
Died • Doug Oldham, award-winning gospel singer and former praise leader at Jerry Falwell's Thomas Road Baptist Church, on July 21 in Charlottesville, Virginia. He was 79.
Elected • Richard J. Mouw, as president of the Association of Theological Schools. Mouw is currently president of Fuller Theological Seminary.
Died • Robert Byrd, D-West Virginia, longest-serving member of the U.S. Senate, on June 28 in Fairfax County, Virginia. He was 92.
Elected • Ted Wilson, as president of the 16.3 million-member Seventh-Day Adventist Church. He was previously the church's general vice president.
Elected • Jerry Pillay, as first president of the newly-formed World Communion of Reformed Churches. He was previously general secretary of the Uniting Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa.
Appointed • David Evans, as global executive officer of Food for the Hungry. He previously directed the ministry's Washington, D.C., office.
Died • William J. Wiseman, pastor emeritus of Tulsa's First Presbyterian Church and influential member of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, on July 13 in Tulsa. He was 91.
Elected • Sam Chaise, as the first non-Anglo general secretary of Canadian Baptist Ministries. He was previously director of the William Carey Institute in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Died • Walter Hawkins, pastor and Grammy Award-winning gospel singer-songwriter, of pancreatic cancer at his home in Ripon, ...1