As spiritual leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ, their teaching, preaching, writing and officiating in the ordinances should conform strictly with the original twelve apostles whom Jesus called. The Quorum of Twelve Apostles is responsible for overseeing the spiritual welfare of The Church and the membership while serving as spiritual counselors to The Church and as consultants on General Church committees.
The General Church president and his counselors (elected by the general priesthood) are members of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles. These three, form the General Church Presidency and work in harmony with the entire Quorum of Twelve to carry out their leadership functions for the entire Church. Currently and historically, Church policy and practices involve the apostles in all levels of Church government functions.
In addition, the apostles of The Church are also responsible for the Priesthood - selecting and training elders, doing missionary work while also engaging the Evangelists and their domestic and worldwide missionary outreach. They are also called upon to investigate and resolve problems by advising and guiding regions, monitoring and evaluating Church progress toward goals. The functions of the Quorum of Twelve are manifold and varied, but the essence of their functions is to serve the Priesthood and membership of The Church.
Message from the Apostles
To: The Church of Jesus Christ
As the day designated as the birth of our Savior quickly approaches, we want to wish everyone a blessed Christmas season. The devout believer Simeon stated as he blessed the baby Jesus, “For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.” We all have certainly been “lightened” by the love of Jesus Christ and we “glory” in the knowledge of His wonderful salvation offered to all mankind. May we rejoice in this season of the year even as Simeon rejoiced to see the Lord.
The New Year will also soon be upon us; it is a fitting time to reflect and be reminded of the great hope and vision we have as a Church in the Kingdom of God being established in fulness upon this land. “But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be established above the hills; and people will flow to unto it. And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths…”
For us, The Church of Jesus Christ, our longing and vision is for the wonderful promise of Zion again on this blessed land of America, even as it was 2000 years ago. Let us never forget that Zion is promised to be established again. Let us never let this promise of God diminish in our heart and mind. May next year be the start of Zion in the hearts of each of us who believe in the wonderful Savior of the world, and His promise of the Kingdom of God on earth. We know the fulfillment of this vision would not exist without Jesus Christ, and the hope of salvation that brings us “good tidings of great joy, which shall be unto all people”.
The Church of Jesus Christ
Bro Joel Gehly, President
Bro Peter Scolaro, 1st Counselor
Bro Frank Natoli, 2nd Counselor
Current Quorum of Twelve Apostles
|Apostle James Crudup
|Apostle Joel Gehly
|Apostle John Griffith
|Apostle Paul Liberto
|Apostle Thomas Liberto
|Apostle Leonard Lovalvo
|Apostle Frank Natoli
|Apostle Paul Palmieri
|Apostle Paul A. Palmieri
|Apostle Peter Scolaro
|Apostle Jerry Valenti