When Northern New England Conference president Bob Cundiff announced, with great emotion and difficulty, in an April 3 special staff meeting that he had accepted a call to be the president of Ohio Conference, you could have heard a pin drop. The staff was shocked. Two of the Northern New England states were on lockdown, and the conference was on a war footing in its effort to manage the impact of the COVID-19 virus.
Then Cundiff, still very emotional, explained. He hadn’t sought a call. And when it came, he had wrestled with God in prayer for weeks. It seemed like a terrible time to change leadership, he explained to God. He argued that he loved the people of Northern New England, and he loved the staff with whom he worked. He explained to God that there were still many things he wanted to accomplish in the conference. And through it all, a still small voice told him to go.
It is a measure of the man that Cundiff followed the urging of the Spirit and accepted the call. Cundiff and his team have achieved a great deal in Northern New England in the past six years. And if the outpouring of supportive messages from conference members in response to his Facebook announcement of the call is any indication, Cundiff and his wife, Tanique, are deeply loved.
Thank you, Bob, for being a man of God and for leading by example. May God bless you and guide you as you transition to the challenges in Ohio.