The Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses

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The Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses is a male only group of leaders. Their names are, from left to right, front to back:
Gerrit Lösch, Samuel Herd, David Splane, Mark Sanderson, Stephen Lett, Geoffrey Jackson, Anthony Morris, and Kenneth Cook.

Who are the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses?

The Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses is made up of brothers who claim to be anointed servants of Jehovah God. They have given themselves the responsibility for giving direction and impetus to the Kingdom work. (Matt. 24:14, 45-47; Rev. 12:17) Like its first century counterpart, the Governing Body today looks to Jehovah, and to Jesus Christ, the Head of the congregation, for direction in all matters. (1 Cor. 11:3; Eph. 5:23) The Governing Body is organized to take the lead as Jehovah directs it by holy spirit. The members of the Governing Body do not regard themselves as the leaders of Jehovah’s people. Rather, like all anointed Christians on earth, they “keep following the Lamb [Jesus Christ] no matter where he goes.”—Rev. 14:4.

The Bible says: “Let all things take place decently and by arrangement.” (1 Cor. 14:40) The Governing Body obeys this direction by putting in place various helpful procedures and guidelines that ensure the smooth and orderly operation of the branch offices and the congregations. Responsible Christian men do their part by setting an example of obedience as they put such arrangements into effect. All Christians, especially overseers, should look to Jehovah for guidance and should pray regularly for his direction and blessing. All should show themselves “reasonable, ready to obey” those placed in oversight. (Jas. 3:17) Thus, each group, congregation, circuit, and branch is blessed with a united, orderly body of believers who reflect well on the happy God.—1 Cor. 14:33; 1 Tim. 1:11.

While the Governing Body delegates certain details or responsibilities to committees made up of its own members, to committees made up of other dedicated servants of God, or to instruments such as corporations and legal agencies, the Governing Body always takes the lead in promoting the smooth functioning of the organization and the unity of all of God’s people.—Acts 6:1-6; 1 Tim. 1:3; Titus 1:5; Heb. 13:17; w01 1/15 pp. 28-31.

The Governing Body gives final approval for new publications as well as new audio and video programs.

The Governing Body cares for the appointment and deletion of Branch and Country committee members and designates the brother who will serve as the coordinator of the committee. It also appoints circuit overseers and country representatives. In most cases, such appointments are made based on recommendations received from the Branch Committee. The Governing Body also appoints helpers to Governing Body committees as well as headquarters representatives qualified to make branch visits.

The Governing Body may arrange for qualified men to care for theocratic assignments in any locality at any time. It is not bound by recommendations received from other elders. Such recommendations serve merely as a guide and may even be rejected for reasons known to the Governing Body. The Governing Body has the prerogative to use its discretion and look into any matters it deems necessary to examine with regard to the Kingdom work.

Click on each of the images of the Governing Body to Jehovah’s Witnesses to find out more information about each member.

Kenneth Cook of the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses
Kenneth Cook Jr.
Samuel Frederick Herd Governing Body
Samuel Herd
Gerrit Lösch Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses
Gerrit Lösch
Geoffrey Jackson of the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses
Geoffrey Jackson
M Stephen Lett of the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses
M. Stephen Lett
Anthony Morris III of the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses
Anthony Morris III
D. Mark Sanderson
D. Mark Sanderson
David H. Splane Governing Body Member
David Splane

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