It’s officially started. More than a year before the 2014 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) convenes in Detroit, the first candidate has emerged to stand for moderator.
On April 30, the Presbytery of Western North Carolina endorsed Heath K. Rada as a candidate for moderator of the 221st General Assembly. A former president of the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Va., (now part of Union Presbyterian Seminary), Rada retired as chief executive officer of the Greater Richmond Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Rada, a ruling elder, lives with his wife, Peggy, in Montreat, N.C. and serves as a member of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board. He also serves on the boards of the Montreat Conference Center and the Presbyterian Homes of North Carolina, and is a member of Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Asheville, N.C. Rada graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University and earned a master of arts from what’s now Union Presbyterian Seminary and a doctorate in education from North Carolina State University.
Peggy and Heath Rada have two adult daughters and two grandchildren.