In a move designed to provide the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches (FGBC) with continuing leadership, Tom Hocking has resigned as moderator of the fellowship and asked Bob Fetterhoff, pastor of the Grace Brethren Church, Wooster, Ohio, to complete his term. The Fellowship Council, the leadership team for the FGBC, has accepted Hocking’s resignation and concurred with his recommendation by appointing Fetterhoff to the moderator’s position.
The action was announced in an open letter this morning on fgbc.org, the website of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. (Read the complete announcement.)
Hocking’s 2010-2011 term as moderator had been considered transitional. “With gratitude to God for giving Bob the willingness to advance that transitional agenda more quickly, I resigned as FGBC moderator effective January 1, 2011,” Hocking said.
“By making this move now, Bob Fetterhoff and Tom Avey (the FGBC Fellowship Coordinator) will have increased latitude to shape the format of our conference in July of 2011—making it more of a vision-casting conference rather than an Equip conference,” he added. “Please begin praying with me now for that conference as delegates will consider a new future for the FGBC.”
As a result, the 2011 national conference will be re-shaped to highlight Fetterhoff’s vision, according to Hocking. The Fellowship Council will nominate Bob Fetterhoff to serve the FGBC as moderator beginning August 2011. This action, including the term duration, will be finalized at the January 2011 meeting of the Fellowship Council.
“I want you to know that I am both energized by these developments and excited to be a part of the coming adventure in our network of churches,” concluded Hocking, who has served as moderator of the Fellowship since 2009. “May Jesus Christ be praised!”