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NCC Interim Staff: Spencer B. Bates, Sister Paul Teresa Hennessee 

            June 28, 2001, NEW YORK CITY - Spencer B. Bates of Brea, Calif., and Sister Paul Teresa Hennessee of New York City have been named to interim staff positions in the National Council of Churches.

            Spencer B. Bates will serve as NCC Interim Associate General Secretary for Administration and Finance for up to 18 months, effective July 1.  He has served in top general  management and administrative positions in several prominent corporations and educational institutions, including Rockwell International, Davis Walker Corporation, Hexcel Corporation, Kelsey-Hayes Company, Mark Industries and the University of Southern California.

            Since 1997, he has served as Vice President for Administration and Finance at the Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, Calif.  He is a member of the Placentia United Methodist Church, Placentia, Calif., and is a lay delegate to the California-Pacific United Methodist Annual Conference.

            “We are fortunate to have in Spencer Bates a person of strong faith, with broad and deep administrative experience in both industry and higher education,” said Dr. Bob Edgar, NCC General Secretary, who served Claremont School of Theology as President from 1990-2000.  “He is particularly skilled in the areas of financial computing and space utilization, which will be useful to the NCC at this point in our journey.”

            Sister Paul Teresa Hennessee, S.A., has been appointed NCC Interim Director of Faith and Order, effective July 16.  A member of the NCC’s Faith and Order Commission, she has served the Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute as Associate Director since 1992, researching and writing on current ecumenical and interreligious issues and relating to several national ecumenical bodies, including professional associations of African American Protestant theologians.

            Sister Paul Teresa entered the Religious Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement of Graymoor, Garrison, N.Y., in 1964, with training and seven years’ work experience as a registered nurse.  She served as a social services provider and administrator in missions in Canada, the United States and Brazil from 1964-87.

            From 1989-92, she served as Director of the Division of Cultural Concerns and African American Ministry in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, N.C., coordinating activities and communication among immigrant communities. 

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