Jack Hayford, who founded The Church on the Way in Los Angeles in 1969, is stepping down as senior pastor. Hayford, 65, has been named founding pastor of the church, as well as president of The King's Seminary, which he launched at the church last year. Scott Bauer, copastor with Hayford since 1996, assumes the role of senior pastor.
Robert W. Edgar, president of the Claremont School of Theology in California, has been named general secretary of the National Council of Churches. Edgar succeeds Joan Brown Campbell, who is joining the New York-based Chautauqua Institution's department of religion.
Lee Strobel is joining the staff of Saddleback Valley Community Church in Orange County, California. Strobel, who served as a teaching pastor of Willow Creek Community Church for 12 years, will remain on the Willow Creek Association board. He says the move will allow him to develop his writing ministry.
John A. Busby is the new national commander of the Salvation Army. Busby and his wife Elsie, who becomes national president of the Army's women's organizations, previously served as leaders of the organization's southern U.S. territory.
Scott Preissler is the new president of the Christian Stewardship Association in Milwaukee. Preissler has worked for the organization since 1996.1