World Outreach Director transition nears completion


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The transition of Rev. Phil Linton into the EPC World Outreach Director position to replace Rev. George Carey is near completion. The transition began on June 1, 2014 and the two of them have shared the responsibilities since then as Carey’s second three-year term ends on December 31. With vacation and study leave time built up, Carey will, however, complete his ministry on Wednesday, November 12, and turn over full responsibility to the new director.

Carey said, “It has been a highly successful arrangement for Phil to come aboard early and get acquainted with the people and the position serving through the General Assembly in June and the Family Gathering in Budapest in July. It was good of the Committee On Administration to think ahead and plan for this time of transition to take place.”

An Associate Director is expected to be named soon to come alongside Linton as Phil focuses on the field and team side of church planting. Linton has 15 years of church planting experience in Morocco and 15 years as a church missions pastor stateside, a healthy combination “for such a time as this” in EPC World Outreach.

On January 1, 2015, Carey will become Director of Church Development for Project Mercy (, an approved agency of the EPC that does humanitarian and church planting ministry in Ethiopia, Africa. He may be contacted at

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