New Programme Structure of CCA, approved by Executive Committee in 2015


The General Assembly

The General Assembly is the supreme decision-making body of the CCA. The General Assembly normally meets every five years, or as convened by the Executive Committee.

The General Assembly celebrates the unity of the Church in Asia in worship, study, and action. It receives reports on the CCA's work and expresses the common vision of the churches for the direction and mission of the CCA. It also speaks out on public issues.

The Moderator, Vice Moderator, and the Treasurer, as well as the Executive Committee, are elected by the General Assembly. 

The next General Assembly will meet from 27 September to 4 October 2023 in Kottayam, India. 


The Officers consist of the Moderator, Vice Moderator, Treasurer, and the General Secretary. 

Archbishop Willem T.P. Simarmata (Huria Kristen Batak Protestant in Indonesia) (until 17 June 2022)

Acting Moderator
Rt. Rev. Dhiloraj Canagasabey (Church of Ceylon) (from 2 December 2022)

Vice Moderator
Rev. Diana Tana (New Zealand Maori Council of Churches) 

Acting Vice Moderator
Rt. Rev. Reuel Norman Marigza (United Church of Christ in the Philippines) (from 2 December 2022)

Augustine Dipak Karmakar (Church of Bangladesh)

General Secretary
Dr Mathews George Chunakara (Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church in India)

The Executive Committee

The Executive Committee, comprising 17 members, is elected from the among the delegates at the General Assembly. It meets annually and is responsible for ensuring the implementation of the General Assembly's decisions as well as reviewing and supervising the CCA's programmes and budget. The term of the Executive Committee is till the end of the next regular meeting of the General Assembly. 

Executive Committee Members (2015 to present)

  • Arshad Gill (Presbyterian Church of Pakistan)
  • Rev. Dhiloraj Canagasabey (Church of Ceylon)
  • Huang Shin-Yi (Presbyterian Church in Taiwan)
  • Ithrana Lawrence (Council of Churches in Malaysia)
  • Rev. Kim Jong Goo (Korean Methodist Church)
  • Rev. Kingphet Thammavong (Lao Evangelical Church)
  • Rev. Moises Antonio Da Silva (Protestant Church in Timor Leste)
  • Nirmala Gurung (National Council of Churches in Nepal)
  • Bishop Dr. P. C. Singh (National Council of Churches in India)
  • Rt. Rev. Reuel Norman Marigza (United Church of Christ in the Philippines)
  • Archbishop Sebouh Sarkissian (Armenian Orthodox Church)
  • Dr Sawako Fujiwara (National Christian Council in Japan)
  • Supaporn Yarnasarn (Church of Christ in Thailand)
  • Rev. Terence Corkin (Uniting Church in Australia)
  • Dr Tong Wing Sze (Hong Kong Christian Council)
  • Win Htut Thar Kyi (Myanmar Baptist Convention)
  • Rev. Kyrie Kim – Chairperson, Programme Committee (Anglican Church in Korea)

Executive Committee meetings:
2023: 3–6 March in Dhaka, Bangladesh
2022: 2 December, online
2021: 9–10 August, online
2020: 27–28 November, online 
2019: 15–19 July in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
2018: 1–3 July in Antelias, Lebanon
2017: 13–14 July in Chiang Mai, Thailand
2016: 18–22 July in Medan, Indonesia
2015: 13–16 October in Bangkok, Thailand

The Programme Committee

The Programme Committee is appointed by the Executive Committee and normally meets three times between Assemblies. It is responsible for developing programmes in accordance with the mandate of the General Assembly and the guidelines provided by the Executive Committeee.

Programme Committee Members (2015 to present)

  • Rev. Kyrie Kim – Chairperson, Programme Committee (Anglican Church in Korea)
  • Agatha Abrahamian (Armenian Orthodox Church in Iran)
  • Chhoden Tshering (National Christian Council of Bhutan)
  • Rt. Rev. Dr Daniel S. Thiagarajah (Jaffna Diocese of the Church of South India)
  • Rev. Dr Henny William Booth Sumakul (The Christian Evangelical Church in Minahasa, Indonesia)
  • Rev. Evelyn Ruth Bhajan (Church of Pakistan)
  • Kaythi Min Din (Myanmar Council of Churches)
  • HG Dr Kuriakose Mor Theophilose Metropolitan (Malankara Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church)
  • Lizette Galimia Tapia (United Methodist Church in the Philippines)
  • Prof. Martha Mary Marwein (National Council of Churches in India)
  • Rev. Dr Mery Kolimon (Protestant Evangelical Church in Timor)
  • Molina Karmaker (Bangladesh Baptist Church Sangha)
  • Bishop Philip Huggins (Anglican Church of Australia)
  • Rev. Prince Devanandan (Methodist Church in Aotearoa New Zealand)
  • Dr Sawako Fujiwara (National Christian Council in Japan)
  • Srey Sotheavy (Kampuchea Christian Council in Cambodia)
  • Rev. Dr Stephen Arulampalam (Church of Ceylon)
  • Tso Hiu-tung Jessica (Hong Kong Christian Council)
  • Victor Wan Chi Hsu (Presbyterian Church in Taiwan)


General Secretary

Dr Mathews George Chunakara

Programme Staff

Rev. Jung Eun Grace Moon
Dr Ronald Lalthanmawia
Arceli Pepito Bile
Klein Fausto Emperado
Chalvin Kores Tehuayo
Ruth Mathen
Abel Joshua Abey (Intern)
John Paul Devakumar (Intern)
Sha Mgwe La Ah Tha Pa (Intern)
Yodinge Kithminee Chamathka Kularatne (Intern)
Yuliana Magdalena Benu (Intern)

Finance, Accounts, and Administration

Friona Kallyani Sarker
Nathi Schumann (Jeab)
Netnapa Rattanajiamrangsri (Koi)
Arpa Yai-Chid (Ton)

Programme Structure

The programme structure of the CCA was revised and approved by the Executive Committee in 2015.

The core programmes of the CCA are Mission in Unity and Contextual TheologyEcumenical Leadership Formation and SpiritualityBuilding Peace and Moving Beyond Conflicts, and Prophetic Diakonia and Advocacy. The Action Together to Combat HIV and AIDS in Asia (ATCHAA) is a special project. 

Earlier, there were three key programme areas of the CCA, namely, Faith, Mission, and Unity (FMU), Ecumenical Formation, Gender Justice, and Youth Empowerment (EGY), and Justice, International Affairs and Development, and Service (JID).