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The Rev. A. Roy Medley
Rev. A. Roy Medley, general secretary of American Baptist Churches
USA, was elected President Elect of the National Council of Churches by the
NCC Governing Board meeting at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
churchwide offices in Chicago on November 9, 2011.
Medley will succeed Kathryn Mary Lohre, who has served as President Elect since January 2010 and was installed Wednesday as the president of the National Council of Churches. The NCC President Elect automatically succeeds to the presidency under the NCC constitution.
Lohre and Medley will serve in their new positions from January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2013, when Medley will succeed to the presidency.
Medley will be the third American Baptist to serve as National Council of Churches president. The Rev. Dr. Edwin Dahlberg served from 1957 to 1960, and the Rev. Dr. M. William Howard served from 1979 to 1981.
Before he became American Baptist general secretary in 2002, Medley was executive minister of the American Baptist Churches of New Jersey, one of 34 regions within the denomination. Under Medley’s leadership from 1992-2001 the region emphasized congregational renewal, new church development and racial reconciliation.
Medley previously was an area minister and minister of Mission Support for the region.
From 1979-1985 Medley was national director of the Neighborhood Action Program of American Baptist National Ministries, now American Baptist Home Mission Societies, where he directed denominational Christian center programs, focusing on programmatic vision, recruitment, support for National Ministries home missionaries at the centers and mission interpretation with local churches. He represented American Baptist Churches USA at the National Council of Churches of Christ in the Domestic Hunger and Poverty Working Group and at the World Council of Churches through the Ecumenical Development Cooperative Fund.
Medley’s pastoral experience includes service as interim pastor at Christ Congregation, Princeton, N.J. (1977-1978) and as the pastor at First Baptist Church, Trenton, N.J. (1974-1977), where he also served as a seminary intern and was ordained in 1975.
Medley has been a member of the Baptist World Alliance Commission on Freedom and Justice and the Church Renewal Committee and served on the faculty for the American Baptist Churches USA Church Planters Institute. He has been a Bible study leader and speaker at numerous gatherings in the U.S. as well as in Haiti, the Philippines, India, Myanmar, Cuba, and Rwanda.
A native of Ringgold, Ga., Medley holds an A.B. degree (psychology) from the University of Chattanooga and an M.Div. degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. He has received honorary D.Div. degrees from Alderson-Broaddus College, Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Central Philippine University. and Franklin College. He also participated in the Ecumenical Institute of the World Council of Churches, Bossey, Switzerland (1972-1973).
Roy Medley is a member of First Baptist Church, Freehold, N.J. he is married to the Rev. Dr. Patricia Stauffer Medley, an ordained Lutheran pastor currently serving Hope Lutheran Church, Freehold, N.J. They have two sons, Ethan and Jordan.
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