Converted • Jeffrey Steenson, Episcopal bishop of the Rio Grande, to Roman Catholicism. Just last year, Steenson addressed his diocese, explaining why he was staying with the Episcopal Church. Raised in an Evangelical Free church before becoming an Episcopalian in his twenties, Steenson is the third Episcopal bishop to leave for the Catholic church this year.

Died • James H. Kraakevik, 79, former director of the Billy Graham Center (BGC) at Wheaton College, on September 26. A physicist by training, Kraakevik served as a physics and mathematics professor at Wheaton College, principal of Titcombe College in Egbe, Nigeria, and director of research and ministries for Serving in Mission prior to coming to the BGC.

Appointed • as presidents of the following organizations:
    Leith Anderson, two-time previous interim president and senior pastor of Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, of the National Association of Evangelicals;
    John Boyd, former pilot, head of the ministry's South Africa branch, and vice president for ministry advancement, of Mission Aviation Fellowship;
    William H. Jones, professor of missions and evangelism and former provost of academic affairs at the school, of Columbia International University;
    And Brian E. Fisher, financial adviser and former executive vice president of the organization, of Coral Ridge Ministries.

Related Elsewhere:

Jeffrey Steenson wrote that his concerns about the direction of the Episcopal church were part of his decision to resign.

The James H. Kraakevik Memorial Page at the Billy Graham Center archives has more about Kraakevik's life, as well as an audio clip of him speaking ...

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