Heath Rada, (former) PCUSA Moderator of the 221st General Assembly (2014)


About Heath

“You never know what God has planned, and the best we can do is to make ourselves available to do God’s work in whatever capacity God works out for us. If we do that, it is not a matter of winning or losing. It’s a matter of being open to all sorts of possibilities and being faithful to God's will as it plays out.”

- Dr. Heath K. Rada

Heath's Life

A native of Richmond Virginia, Dr. Rada is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, Union Presbyerian Seminary and NC State University. He has also studied at St.Andrews University and Harvard University.

Dr. Rada retired from the position of CEO of the Greater Richmond Chapter of the American Red Cross where he served as coordinator for the work of that organization in Virginia and the District of Columbia. He also held the positions of interim CEO of Red Cross Chapters in San Diego, Minneapolis- St.Paul, and Ft.Worth. Prior to his work with the American Red Cross, Dr. Rada served as President of the Presbyterian School of Christian Education (now Union Presbyterian Seminary) in Richmond.

As an active church member, Dr. Rada has served in numerous capacities on the local, presbytery and national levels of the Presbyterian Church. Currently he serves on the boards of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, the Montreat Conference Center, and the Presbyterian Homes of North Carolina. He recently rotated off the board of the National American Red Cross Retiree’s Board. Previously he has served on numerous community boards in North Carolina and Asheville, including the Richmond Rotary Club, Sheltering Arms Hospital, Mission Hospital Foundation, Collegiate School, Council for America’s First Freedom, the National Conference for Christians and Jews (NCCJ), among others. He is a published author, a noted speaker, and has been honored numerous times for his contributions to his work and his community. He was North Carolina’s first Community Educator of the Year, the first recipient to receive an honorary Paul Harris Award from the Richmond Rotary Club, the recipient of the Margaret Bowen Award in Christian Education, and was named one of Richmond’s Humanitarians of the Year by the NCCJ.

Honorary Degrees

In May, 2015, two PCUSA institutions have conferred on our Moderator Heath Rada honorary doctorates at their graduation services. He was the graduation speaker for St. Andrews University, Laurinburg, NC. They presented Heath with a Doctor of Divinity degree. He received a Doctor of Humane Letters from Davis and Elkins College, Elkins, WV. Heath was their Baccalaureate speaker.


Who: Dr. Heath K. Rada

What: Moderator of the 221st General Assembly, Presbyterian Church (USA); elected June 14, 2014 for a two year term.

Position: Active church professional, scholar and businessman

Personal: Married to Peggy, since 1966; two children, two grandchildren, Lives in Montreat, NC

Current Church: Member of Grace Covenant Presbyterian in Asheville

Known for: A ready smile and a twinkle in the eyes

Hobbies: College sports, music, theater, hiking, reading

Favorite public recognition: “Being named as Outstanding Alumni of Lakeside Elementary School on the occasion of its 75th birthday!”