The choice of Mr. Franks as president of the CGWA had been expected by many because he was a powerful figure in the UCG, serving on its board for many years and as director of the ministry.
The Journal had published two articles by columnist Dave Havir predicting that Mr. Franks would become the president of the UCG in 2005.
In an article titled "Columnist Predicts Jim Franks Will Be Next President of UCG" (in the May 31, 2004, issue of The Journal), Mr. Havir guessed that the UCG board would not reaffirm Roy Holladay as the church's president in the spring of 2005 and that it would name Mr. Franks as president.
In February 2005, when the board chose not to reaffirm Mr. Holladay as president, Mr. Havir wrote an article titled "Here Is How Council Will Select Jim Franks as UCG President" (in the Feb. 28, 2005, issue of The Journal), reaffirming his prophecy about Mr. Franks.
However, the UCG board at that time chose Clyde Kilough as president of the UCG, and Mr. Kilough chose Mr. Franks as the UCG's director of the ministry.
The Journal asked Mr. Havir about his previous failed prediction and about the CGWA's selection of Mr. Franks.
"I never thought it would take six years and a different church organization for Jim to become a church president," Mr. Havir said. "Good luck to Jim in his new opportunity."
Another item of business was to consider establishing a small head office for the church. Board members selected a task force of Mr. Kilough (chairman), Mr. Johnson, Dave Evans and Mr. Lovelady to make a location study and report to the president and board before a meeting set for Dec. 5-8, 2011.