PCT elected its first female Moderator, Rev Abus Takisvilainan, during its 65th General Assembly on 17 June. This was a nod to gender justice, and affirmation and advocacy of the gifts, humanity and right of places of all persons in society, and where women are equipped and availed of equal opportunities for leadership roles in both church and society. Rev Takisvilainan has been a PCT pastor for 27 years, and hails from the Bunun indigenous group. She paid tribute to female pastors and Christians in PCT who have served faithfully and silently over the past 155 years, and thanked the church for its intercessory prayers.

Rev Takisvilainan added that this glory and position was not for her alone, and also for PCT to implement the value of gender justice in the land of Taiwan, to allow for both genders to work together in fulfilling God’s mission. She also stressed that PCT’s best and sole leader is the Lord Jesus Christ, who will take them forward and shape systems for future generations of leaders to forge ahead.