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G.A. Moderator

Biography

 

Heath Rada, newly-elected moderator of the 221st General Assembly. Photo by Michael Whitman

Heath K. Rada
Photo by Michael Whitman

 

Heath K. Rada

Moderator of the 221st General Assembly (2014) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

A native of Richmond Virginia, Dr. Rada is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, Union Presbyterian Seminary and NC State University. He has also studied at St.Andrews University and Harvard University.

Dr. Rada retired from the position of CEO of the Greater Richmond Chapter of the American Red Cross where he served as coordinator for the work of that organization in Virginia and the District of Columbia. He also held the positions of interim CEO of Red Cross Chapters in San Diego, Minneapolis- St.Paul, and Ft.Worth. Prior to his work with the American Red Cross, Dr. Rada served as President of the Presbyterian School of Christian Education (now Union Presbyterian Seminary) in Richmond.

As an active church member, Dr. Rada has served in numerous capacities on the local, presbytery and national levels of the Presbyterian Church. Currently he serves on the boards of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, the Montreat Conference Center, and the Presbyterian Homes of North Carolina. He recently rotated off the board of the National American Red Cross Retiree’s Board. Previously he has served on numerous community boards in North Carolina and Asheville, including the Richmond Rotary Club, Sheltering Arms Hospital, Mission Hospital Foundation, Collegiate School, Council for America’s First Freedom, the National Conference for Christians and Jews (NCCJ), among others. He is a published author, a noted speaker, and has been honored numerous times for his contributions to his work and his community. He was North Carolina’s first Community Educator of the Year, the first recipient to receive an honorary Paul Harris Award from the Richmond Rotary Club, the recipient of the Margaret Bowen Award in Christian Education, and was named one of Richmond’s Humanitarians of the Year by the NCCJ.

Contacts:
(888) 728-7228, ext. 5424
heath.rada@pcusa.org