- Stephen M. Veazey
Stephen Mark Veazey (born
May 3, 1957Fact|date=March 2008) is the current Prophet-President of the Community of Christ, headquartered in Independence, Missouri. Veazey's name was presented to the church in March 2005by a joint council of church leaders led by the Council of Twelve Apostles, as the next Prophet-President. Delegates elected to a special World Conference of the church approved Veazey and he was ordained as the eighth President of the High Priesthood, Prophet, and President of the Church on June 3, 2005. [http://www.cofchrist.org/bio/current/Veazey-Steve.asp Stephen M. Veazey] , cofchrist.org, accessed March 2, 2008.]
Veazey has been a full-time minister in the church since
1983. He was ordained a member of the Council of Twelve Apostles in 1992. In April 2002, he was set apart as president of the Council of Twelve and assigned by the First Presidency as director of Field Ministries. He has also brought support and leadership to Church Planting Ministries and Young Adult and Campus Ministries. His areas of ministry have included missionary and administrative work in the Southern USA Mission Field, the Africa-East Central Field; the South Central and the East Central States Regions; the Division of Program Services, Outreach Ministries; the North Central Region; the Advanced Leadership Studies at World Church headquarters; and the African-AmericanMinistries.
Before 1983, Veazey was an executive minister to the Fremont,
Californiacongregation and was in charge of a missionary development project funded by the World Church for San FranciscoBay Stake. Veazey also served the church as a young adult two-year contractual minister to Pacific Northwest Region, in the Portland Metropole; director of youth camps and seminars; field associate for the Young Adult and Campus Ministries Office; presiding elder in McKenzie, Tennessee; and counselor to the pastor in Paris, Tennessee.He holds a bachelor of sciencedegree from the University of Tennesseeand a Master of Arts in religion from Park College.
Doctrine and CovenantsSection 163 to the 2007 World Conference of the Community of Christ. He cited the " Hymns of the Saints" as a source for this document, which clarifies the theology of scripture, the mission of the church, and other ecclesiastical matters in the Community of Christ. [Stephen M. Veazey, " [http://www.cofchrist.org/D&C163/commentary-Veazey.asp Doctrine and Covenants 163: My Testimony] , cofchrist.org, accessed March 2, 2008.]
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