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Adjunct Faculty Rev. Alfred T. Day Named General Secretary of the General Commission on Archives and History

May 20, 2014

Rev. Alfred T. Day, an adjunct faculty member at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, has been named General Secretary of the General Commission on Archives and History (GCAH) of The United Methodist Church. Day currently serves as the pastor at Historic St. George’s United Methodist Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and an adjunct professor in United Methodist studies at Garrett-Evangelical. Day’s new position will take him to the United Methodist Archives and History Center at Drew University, located in Madison, New Jersey.

As General Secretary, Day will oversee the care and promotion of the historical interests of The United Methodist Church nationally and internationally. The GCAH is the official archival repository for The United Methodist Church. The archive collection includes records from the various denominational agencies within the United Methodist tradition and personal papers of several bishops, denominational leaders, and missionaries from the 19th and 20th centuries.

“We congratulate Rev. Day on his new and noteworthy appointment,” said President Lallene Rector.  “He continually demonstrates deep dedication to the Church and the Academy. We, at Garrett-Evangelical, have witnessed this firsthand through his teaching of our travel course United Methodist Studies: Wesley in the 19th Century and his willingness to host our students at Historic St. George’s UMC. We eagerly anticipate his leadership contributions to the Church.”

Since 2005, Day has served as the pastor of Historic St. George's UMC, the oldest United Methodist Church in the United States still currently in use. The congregation was founded in 1767 and was the ordaining congregation of important Methodist figures Absalom Jones and Richard Allen, who founded the AME Church. Reflecting upon his decision to leave Historic St. George’s UMC, Day stated, “My decision is bittersweet. I marvel at the awesome, unique opportunity this new work affords yet lament the necessity to leave the most enjoyable, rewarding, and stimulating ministry in all my years of service. The vision and ministry we've done together along with all the relationships formed in doing so have been the most rewarding of my career.”

An ordained elder in the Pennsylvania Conference of The United Methodist Church, Day has held appointments across the state and served as a delegate to General and Jurisdictional conferences. Day received his master of divinity from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts with additional graduate studies at Temple University School of Radio, Television and Film and Drew University, in Liturgical Studies.

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