Erik Apelgårdh Takes Over COCOP Co-Chair Position

Co-Chair Inken Wöhlbrand stands with newly-elected COCOP Co-Chair Erik Apelgårdh
Co-Chair Inken Wöhlbrand stands with newly-elected COCOP Co-Chair Erik Apelgårdh
Co-Chair Inken Wöhlbrand stands with newly-elected COCOP Co-Chair Erik Apelgårdh (© Danae Hudson/ELCJHL)

At the 2014 COCOP, or the The Coordination Committee for Cooperation between the ELCJHL and Overseas Partners, Church of Sweden member Erik Apelgårdh was elected as the new co-chair of the meeting, replacing Inken Wöhlbrand from The United Evangelical Lutheran Church of Germany (VELKD).

COCOP was started in 1978 with an aim to support the ELCJHL in its ministries.  It has since turned into a partnership between the ELCJHL and its overseas partners, with voting members from all parties.

Thank you to Inken Wöhlbrand for her years of service as the co-chair for the annual COCOP meeting. As we say goodbye to Inken, we welcome Erik Apelgårdh as the new co-chair and look forward to many fruitful years together.

To view photos from the 2014 COCOP meetings, you can visit the ELCJHL’s photo gallery.

ELCJHL Meets with International Partners (COCOP)

The Coordinating Council for the Cooperation of Overseas Partners of the ELCJHL (COCOP) celebrated its 30th year of partnership at the recent annual meeting in May at Dar Annadwa conference center in Bethlehem. On the study day before the council meeting, Rev. Hannes Ganssbauer from Germany, who was instrumental in the early years of the partnership, gave the history of the partnership, and Mrs. Aida Haddad, wife of the late Bishop Emeritus Daoud Haddad, gave reflections from the Bishop’s writings. As usual, the group heard updates from the churches, schools and ministries and strategized about future plans. The week concluded with a memorial service for Bishop Haddad at Augusta Victoria’s Festival Hall.