Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses

1945 - 2007

 

 

 

 

Part One

1945 to 1971

 

WTB&TS DIRECTORS / GOVERNING BODY

1945-1947

1947-1965

1965-71

 

 

 

 

President

Nathan H. Knorr

Nathan H. Knorr

Nathan H. Knorr

Vice President

Frederick W. Franz

Frederick W. Franz

Frederick W. Franz

Secretary Treasurer

W. E. Van Amburgh

Grant Suiter

Grant Suiter

Assistant Secretary Treasurer

Hugo H. Riemer

Hugo H. Riemer

John O. Groh

Director

Grant Suiter

Milton G. Henschel

Milton G. Henschel

Director

Lyman A. Swingle

Lyman A. Swingle

Lyman A. Swingle

Director

Thomas J. Sullivan

Thomas J. Sullivan

Thomas J. Sullivan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 1971 the Governing Body was formally enlarged to eleven members. Thus making it clearly distinct from the board of directors of the WTB&TS.

 

In 1974 the Governing Body was enlarged again to eighteen members. Eighteen would be the largest number of members to sit on the Governing Body at one time.

 

On January 1, 1976 the six committees of the Governing Body went into operation assuming all the authority that had been wielded by the Board of Directors of the WTB&TS including its president. At that time all the activities of the WTB&TS came under the direct oversight of the Governing Body. Jehovah had used certain faithful brothers to take the lead as he gradually restored the Christian congregation to its proper spiritual state. But now no longer would any one man wield such authority, as the first three presidents of the WTB&TS had, in directing the work of God's people on earth.

 

 

 

 

Part Two

1971 to 1988

 

1971

1974

1977

1985

Nathan H. Knorr

Nathan H. Knorr

Knorr dies in 1977

 

Frederick W. Franz

Frederick W. Franz

Frederick W. Franz

Frederick W. Franz

Grant Suiter

Grant Suiter

Grant Suiter

Suiter dies in 1983

John O. Groh

John O. Groh

Groh dies in 1975

 

Milton G. Henschel

Milton G. Henschel

Milton G. Henschel

Milton G. Henschel

Lyman A. Swingle

Lyman A. Swingle

Lyman A. Swingle

Lyman A. Swingle

Thomas J. Sullivan

Sullivan dies in 1974

 

        

Raymond V. Franz

Raymond V. Franz

Raymond V. Franz

R. Franz leaves in 1980

George D. Gangas

George D. Gangas

George D. Gangas

George D. Gangas

Leo K. Greenlees

Leo K. Greenlees

Leo K. Greenlees

Greenlees gone by 1985

William K. Jackson

William K. Jackson

William K. Jackson

Jackson dies in 1981

 

W. Lloyd Barry

W. Lloyd Barry

W. Lloyd Barry

 

John C. Booth

John C. Booth

John C. Booth

 

Ewart C. Chitty

Ewart C. Chitty

Chitty Resigns 1978/79

 

Charles J. Fekel

Fekel dies in 1977

 

 

Theodore Jaracz

Theodore Jaracz

Theodore Jaracz

 

Karl F. Klein

Karl F. Klein

Karl F. Klein

 

Albert D. Schroeder

Albert D. Schroeder

Albert D. Schroeder

 

Daniel Sydlik

Daniel Sydlik

Daniel Sydlik

 

 

Carey W. Barber

Carey W. Barber

 

 

John E. Barr

John E. Barr

 

 

Martin Poetzinger

Martin Poetzinger

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13

 

 

 

 

Martin Poetzinger dies in 1988

 

 

 

 

 

In the year 2000 the members of the Governing Body who had been elected directors of various legal corporations used by Jehovah's Witnesses resigned from their respective positions in those corporations. Thus freeing up more time for themselves to care for spiritual matters and providing nourishing spiritual food for Jehovah's people.

 

 

 

 

Part Three

1992 to 2007

 

1992

1994

1999

2007

Frederick W. Franz

Franz dies in 1992

 

 

Milton G. Henschel

Milton G. Henschel

Milton G. Henschel

Henschel Dies in 2003

Lyman A. Swingle

Lyman A. Swingle

Lyman A. Swingle

Swingle dies in 2001

George D. Gangas

George D. Gangas

Gangas dies in 1994

 

W. Lloyd Barry

W. Lloyd Barry

Barry dies in 1999

 

John C. Booth

John C. Booth

Booth dies in 1996

 

Theodore Jaracz

Theodore Jaracz

Theodore Jaracz

Theodore Jaracz

Karl F. Klein

Karl F. Klein

Karl F. Klein

Klein dies in 2001

Albert D. Schroeder

Albert D. Schroeder

Albert D. Schroeder

Schroeder dies in 2006

Daniel Sydlik

Daniel Sydlik

Daniel Sydlik

Sydlik dies in 2006

Carey W. Barber

Carey W. Barber

Carey W. Barber

Barber dies in 2007

John E. Barr

John E. Barr

John E. Barr

John E. Barr

 

Gerrit Lösch

Gerrit Lösch

Gerrit Lösch

 

 

Samuel F. Herd

Samuel F. Herd

 

 

M. Stephen Lett

M. Stephen Lett

 

 

Guy H. Pierce

Guy H. Pierce

 

 

David H. Splane

David H. Splane

 

 

 

Geoffrey Jackson

 

 

 

Anthony Morris

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Last revised December 9, 2007

 

 

 

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