The World Council of Churches' search committee for a general secretary met 23-26 June 2009 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The committee was elected by the Central Committee in February 2008 and led by the moderator, Dr Agnes Abuom.
The committee interviewed the six highly qualified candidates identified at the last meeting of the committee in April 2009 in Crete.
After three days of interviews and thorough discussions, the committee decided by consensus to propose the following two candidates for election by the Central Committee during its meeting in August 2009: Rev. Dr Park Seong-won of the Presbyterian Church of Korea and Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit of the Church of Norway (Lutheran).
"The search committee worked in a good spirit of cooperation and Christian fellowship. The candidates are both committed to the ecumenical movement. They come from diverse backgrounds and offer a variety of experiences, gifts and skills," Dr Agnes Abuom, the moderator of the search committee, said following the meeting.
Background information on Rev. Dr Park Seong-won
Press release on the search for a new WCC general secretary, 20 February 2008