Bishop Teresa Jefferson-Snorton, leader of the Fifth Episcopal District of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, on 13 October, became chair of the organization, starting a two-year term along with the other officers.
She is joined by the Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, who is vice chair; Kimberly Gordon Brooks, first vice president of the 3rd District Lay Organization, African Methodist Episcopal Church, who is secretary; and the Rev. Teresa “Terri” Hord Owens, general minister and president, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), who is treasurer.
Three of the officers are women of color. Eaton is a Thursdays in Black ambassador who helps lead the push for world free from rape and gender-based violence.
“At this pivotal time in the life of the church in the United States, it is noteworthy that the NCC is modeling inclusiveness in selecting its leaders,” Jefferson-Snorton said in a statement. “The denominations that make up the NCC demonstrate a commitment to embody the diversity of God’s creation in so many ways. This commitment is a call for all of us to show the love of God to all, promote unity in Christ Jesus and to resist the current cultural trends of divisiveness.”
The NCC Governing Board met virtually for its biannual board meeting on 13 October.
“Serving in leadership in the National Council of Churches is both an honor and a privilege,” said Snorton. “I am humbled to be a part of the life of NCC in this moment.”