October 14, 2022
(Seoul, October 11, 2022) – During an in-person meeting in conjunction with the Pentecostal World Conference (PWC), the Advisory Committee of the Pentecostal World Fellowship (PWF) once again elected Dr. William M. Wilson, President of Oral Roberts University, to serve as the organization’s chair. Wilson was chosen for his first term in 2019 and will lead the PWF for the next 3 years. He will be officially installed on Thursday, October 13th, during the 26th PWC, which is being held at Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul.
“It is a distinct honor to serve the global Spirit-empowered community through the Pentecostal World Fellowship,” said Wilson. “The Spirit-empowered church remains the fastest-growing religious and Christian movement on earth. The PWF is uniquely positioned to be a voice for unity, a force for global evangelism, and a leader in bringing Pentecostal revival to the next generation. I am humbled by the confidence of these exceptional leaders from around the world. I pray that by the power of the Holy Spirit, we will together experience a continuum of spiritual renewal across generations and see the fulfillment of the Great Commission.”
During the session, David Wells (Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada and Pentecostal Charismatic Churches of North America) was re-elected as the vice chair, and Dr. Doug Beacham (Bishop, International Pentecostal Holiness Church) was returned to the office of secretary for the PWF. The following were selected to serve as members of the executive committee for the next 3 years: Bishop Dag Heward-Mills (Lighthouse Churches Ghana) Rev. Marek Kaminski (Assembly of God Poland), Dr. Younghoon Lee (Yoido Full Gospel Church), and Rev. Dominic Yeo (Assembly of God Singapore).
Other members of the PWF Advisory Committee for the next three years listed by nation are:
Rev. Bill Vasilakis of the CRC Churches International
Rev. Richard Ciaramitaro of the Ministers Network
Rev. Wes Mills of the Apostolic Church of the Pentecost
Pastor Lako Bedasso of the Full Gospel Believers’ Church
Rev. Esko Matikainen of the Pentecostal Church of Finland
Apostle Eric Kwabena Nyamekye of the Church of Pentecost
Pastor Glyn Barrett of the Assemblies of God
Pastor Chris Cartwright of the Elim Pentecostal Church
Rev. Eddy Kwok of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church
Dr. David Mohan of the Assemblies of God
Rev. Sudarshan Komanapali of the Manna Group of Ministries
Rev. Ong Sek Leang of the Assemblies of God
Rev. Machiel Jonker of the Assemblies of God
Dr. David E. Sumrall of the Cathedral of Praise, Inc.
Dr. Henri Weideman of the Apostolic Faith Mission
Rev. Daniel Alm of the Swedish Pentecostal Movement
Rev. Barnabas Mtokamabali of the Assemblies of God
Rev. Douglas Clay of the Assemblies of God
Bishop Timothy Coalter of the Church of God of Prophecy
Dr. Timothy M. Hill of the Church of God, International
Rev. Randy Remington of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel
Bishop J. Drew Sheard of the Church of God in Christ
The Advisory Council also adopted the following resolution calling on Spirit-empowered congregations across the globe to focus on fulfilling the Great Commission by 2033:
The Pentecostal World Fellowship encourages its members to work towards fulfilling the Great Commission in this generation. We affirm the numerous 2033 initiatives focused on “Everyone” hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ. We call upon our member congregations to mobilize prayer, leadership, compassion, and resources to contact every unreached person. We believe the next ten years will be the greatest decade of fulfilling the mandate of Jesus as together, empowered by the Spirit, we proclaim the
“Good News” and establish new churches.
The PWF chose Helsinki, Finland, as the site of the 2025 Pentecostal World Conference. Looking ahead, Wilson added, “As we continue to emerge from the pandemic, the first in the history of the PWF, every follower of Christ has an opportunity to share the hope of the Gospel as never before seen in our lifetime. This is a moment we must embrace; our future depends on it.”
The PWF presently has 76 Spirit-empowered representative groups from 47 countries and republics. The Advisory Committee is comprised of 30 members and 1 honorary member. The PWF will convene the 26th Pentecostal World Conference (PWC), uniting believers from across the globe for 3 days of worship, powerful preaching, and workshops, focusing on the Spirit-empowered movement in the next generation. Attendance is expected to exceed 20,000 for the event. On Friday, October 14th, the conference will hold a prayer event at the Demilitarized Zone, the area between North and South Korea, and conclude with a Holy Spirit crusade that evening. The general sessions and workshops of the PWC can be viewed via live stream here.
About the Pentecostal World Fellowship. The Pentecostal World Fellowship was founded in 1947 and has held triennial conferences in major cities worldwide for 75 years. The 26th Pentecostal World Conference will be the third time the conference has been held in Seoul, Korea.