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Clare J. Chapman
Chief Operating Officer
New York, November 28, 2007 – Clare J. Chapman was elected Chief Operating Officer of the National Council of Churches USA during the NCC Governing Board meeting earlier this month.
She assumes her new office on January 1, 2008.
Chapman most recently has served as Acting General Secretary for the Council, and formerly was Deputy General Secretary for Administration and Finance. Her new office was created as a result of a restructuring of the Council.
Chapman became Acting General Secretary on September 1, 2007, when the former General Secretary, Bob Edgar, became President and CEO of Common Cause. The Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon will become General Secretary on January 1.
Before joining the NCC staff, Chapman served on several committees, commissions and task forces for the past six years. Most recently, she was on the staff of the United Methodist Church's General Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns as its associate general secretary for program and administration. She has held several positions, both programmatic and administrative, for the Methodist agency for 19 years.
Chapman has extensive ecumenical and interfaith experience. She has twice been an advisor to the United Methodist delegation to the World Methodist Council. Currently she serves the World Council of Churches' board of the U.S. conference. This year Chapman was a member of the first official United Methodist delegation to the Vatican for discussions on Christian unity.
"My work has always been ecumenical, even though on behalf of the United Methodist Church and with significant denominational involvement," said Chapman. "I have been enriched by the many colleagues and friends I have in the UMC at many levels and look forward to deeper relationships within the NCC family of churches also. I am an ecumenist, [and] a United Methodist Christian," she said.
Chapman was chair of the drafting committee of "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made," the NCC policy statement on human biotechnology that was adopted by the 2006 General Assembly of the NCC and Church World Service.
Chapman holds four academic degrees. She received her Juris Doctor from New York Law School, a Master of Music from the University of Arizona, and two Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Central Florida, one in music and one in English.
"The most effective organizations have strong collaboration between program and administration," said Chapman. "It is a fact that every budget is a mission statement! It is my hope that working with my colleagues at the council we can be more fully integrated as we work together in the future."
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