The reported death of Governing Body member Bro. Barr marks the end of an era. Many of the original members of the Governing Body were around during the days of President Rutherford. They saw the Society grow from its infancy to the huge empire that it is today.
Their policies and procedures affected the lives of millions of their followers. So absolute was their certainty that the organization was chosen by Jehovah to survive the coming Tribulation and the war of Armaggedon that they rode roughshod over all opposition to their failed prophecies.
They are responsible for the deaths of thousands of individuals who died over the blood policy, not to mention the untold number of people who were drive to suicide or other desperate acts due to their doctrine and policies.
Regardless of how approachable they may have been, how "humble" they were perceived, how grandfatherly they appeared in their old age, these men have blood on their hands.
They did not live to see the promise of a peaceful new world that they taught generations of their followers. Their hopes and dreams died with them.
All that is left of their once mighty empire, the New World Society, is a legacy of broken promises.
Now the old guard have passed on, only seven members remain, none of whom lived during the turbulent Rutherford years.
The current members of the GB are as follows:
As of December 2010, the following people are members of the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses (year appointed in parentheses):
- Samuel F. Herd (1999)
- Geoffrey Jackson (2005)
- M. Stephen Lett (1999)
- Gerrit Lösch (1994)
- Anthony Morris (2005)
- Guy H. Pierce (1999)
- David H. Splane (1999)