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Chapman elected NCC Interim General Secretary
New York, January 20, 2012 -- Ms. Clare J. Chapman, Esq., Deputy General Secretary and General Counsel of the National Council of Churches, has been named NCC Interim General Secretary by the Council’s Governing Board.
Chapman, who had been
carrying out the duties of general secretary since the December 31, 2011
Chapman will serve as interim until the board decides on the next steps for filling the office permanently.
“Clare has been entrusted by God with gifts that will serve the Council well at this transitional time, and we are grateful for her willingness to serve,” said NCC President Kathryn Mary Lohre.
Lohre noted that Chapman
served as NCC interim General Secretary from September 1, 2007, when former
General Secretary Bob Edgar became President and CEO of Common Cause, until
January 1, 2008, when former General Secretary
Kinnamon, who became General Secretary January 1, 2008, announced his intended departure at the November 2011 Governing Board meeting. Based on advice from his cardiologist, Kinnamon relayed that frequent travel and other demands of the office were detrimental to his health.
Before joining the NCC
staff in January 2007, Chapman served on several committees, commissions and
task forces. For more than two decades she
was on the staff of the
Chapman has extensive
ecumenical and interfaith experience. She has been an advisor to one
United Methodist delegation to the World Council of Churches, and delegate
to another. She was a member of the first official United Methodist
delegation to the
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