February 27th, 2021 - Place: Bonn, Germany & Online - Time: 1pm Central European Time

On October 29, the International Council announced the appointment of Bp Dr Thomas Schirrmacher as the next Secretary General / CEO, and on March 1, he will succeed Bp Efraim Tendero who has led the WEA since 2015. We want to come together to celebrate the many accomplishments over the last six years and induct the new Secretary General in an digital ceremony hosted in Bonn, Germany and streamed live online for anyone to join.


13:00 Welcoming Remarks & Prayer
13:10 Tribute to Outgoing Secretary General Bishop Efraim Tendero
13:20 Acknowledgment of the Outgoing Deputy Secretaries General
13:30 Presentation of New Secretary General Bishop Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher
14:00 Presentation of the New Deputy Secretaries General
14:10 Words of Welcome on Behalf of the WEA
14:15 Inaugural Address by the New Secretary General
14:25 Prayers & Blessings from Around the World
14:30 Closing Prayer & Benediction


Official Invitation to WEA Leadership Handover Ceremony on February 27

We are pleased to extend this official invitation to you to attend the upcoming WEA Secretary General Leadership Handover Ceremony on Saturday, February 27 at 1pm Central European Time (find your time).

It is an opportunity for us to acknowledge Bishop Efraim Tendero’s contribution to the WEA and the many developments that have taken place over the past six years, and induct Bishop Dr Thomas Schirrmacher as the new Secretary General & CEO and bless him as he takes on this new role.

With contributions, greetings, prayers and blessings from every region of the world, the ceremony is going to be a memorable event. We would be delighted if you would honor this moment with your presence as well.

The ceremony will be hosted in a studio in Bonn, Germany but the majority of contributors are joining in online from around the globe. Because of the digital nature of the event, participation is open to everyone in our wider WEA family and beyond.

All the information about the program and speakers is available on a special page at worldea.org/handover. The video livestream will also be available on that page on the day of the event.

We look forward to welcoming you to this very momentous event online on February 27.

Sincerely in Christ,

Rev. Dr. Goodwill Shana
Chairman, International Council
World Evangelical Alliance