Vice President James Seawood was elected General Synod President for 2009-2010. He was enthusiastically affirmed by a busload of members from Staten Island's historic Brighton Heights Reformed Church which he pastors. Some of the members present publicly expressed to the Synod their heartfelt appreciation for their pastor who will be installed Tuesday as the second African-American General Synod President. In keeping with tradition, all prior presidents present at this Synod joined Seawood on the platform for his acceptance remarks. By my unofficial count, nine General Synod Presidents stood with him including current President Carol Bechtel.
President-elect Seawood concluded his remarks by leading the delegates in singing "How Great Thou Art." If the fervent spirit of the singing is any indication, the next year should be a dynamic one for the RCA.