On behalf of the Institutional Advancement Office, we would like to extend an invitation
to the entire Ferrum College community to join our us for our Theologian-in-Residence
Speaker in March as part of our Wright Christian Ministry Lecture Series.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 | 11:15am | Vaughn Chapel | LiveStream
James E. Winkler | President & General Secretary, National Council of Churches
Winkler, formerly the General Secretary of the United Methodist General Board of Church
and Society, was recently elected General Secretary/President of the National Council
of Churches, the leading staff position in the NCC. In this position he will serve
as the executive leader of the Council with overall responsibility for personnel,
deploying resources to achieve the priorities of the NCC, organizational and board
development, fund-raising, vision-setting, long-range planning, financial management,
external relationships and thought leadership.
Winkler is a member of the Justice and Advocacy Commission of the National Council
of Churches of the United States of America, a member of the steering committee of
the Campaign for Health Care Now, a board member of several organizations including
the Faith and Politics Institute, Churches for the Middle East Peace, and Africa Action.
He served as general secretary of the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS),
the international public policy and social justice agency of The United Methodist
Church since November, 2000. As the chief executive of the board, Jim led a staff
of 22 who sought the implementation of the Church’s Social Principles through education,
witness, and advocacy. The board carries out a wide-ranging ministry of peace and
justice throughout the world with offices in Washington and New York.
Winkler re-energized the work of the board around a three-part vision: to help United
Methodists link mercy and justice; to connect the work of the board with local churches
and annual conferences around the globe; and to be the premier denominational advocacy
agency on Capitol Hill. He has led delegations to the Middle East, the Democratic
Republic of the Congo, Iraq and Germany seeking peaceful solutions to global conflict
and traveled throughout the world to support the justice work of the United Methodist
in Africa, Asia and Europe. He has preached and led workshops and training events
in Russia, Nigeria, and the Philippines, and is a frequent spokesperson for the justice
work of The United Methodist Church to the national and international media.
Winkler is the son, brother, nephew and great grandson of United Methodist preachers
and United Methodist Women. He studied history at the University of Illinois and George
Mason University and after graduation served as a short-term missionary with the Pacific
Conference of Churches in Suva, Fiji. At the Board of Church and Society he held the
position of Seminar Designer, Director of Annual Conference Relations and Assistant
General Secretary of Resourcing Congregational Life before his nomination as General
Secretary of the General Board of Church and Society and President and General Secretary
of the NCC.