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American Baptist educator joins NCC 

New York, April 13, 2007 – The Rev. Mayra Castañeda has been named assistant director of Education and Leadership Ministries at the National Council of Churches USA (NCC).  An ordained minister n the American Baptist Churches USA, she begins her new duties April 16. 

"Mayra is an experienced pastoral educator and child advocate," said the Rev. Garland Pierce, Associate General Secretary of the NCC’s Education and Leadership Ministries Commission (ELMC).  "I am excited about Mayra's gifts, experiences, and passions that she will add to our shared ministry among the ELMC staff." 

Castañeda comes to the NCC having most recently served as coordinator of Continuing Education and director of the Certificate in Theological Studies program at New Brunswick (N.J.) Theological Seminary. 

Prior to that, she served as the National Christian Education Coordinator for the Board of National Ministries, American Baptist Churches USA, Valley Forge, Pa.  In that capacity, she served on the NCC's committee on Justice for Children and their Families.   

The Rev. Castañeda holds both a Master in Christian Education and a Master of Divinity from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Lombard, Ill.  

The Education and Leadership Ministries Commission engages in ministries of education, faith formation, and leader development for persons and communities by providing a dynamic ecumenical setting in which denominations and other institutions gather.   

The 14 program ministries and one consultation cover a wide array of ministry areas:  family and age-level, specific cultures and settings, curriculum research and development, professional nurture and support, and education and advocacy.   

ELMC's signature product is the Uniform Lessons Series, a guide for Sunday School curriculum used in hundreds of Protestant congregations across the nation and abroad, annually published since 1872.

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