James E. Winkler Next Theologian in Residence

National Council of Churches General Secretary/President James E. Winkler to be Next Ferrum College Theologian in Residence Tuesday, April 8

Wright’s appearance is part of the College’s Wright Christian Ministry Lecture Series.

James E. WinklerFERRUM, VA. (April 1, 2014) – National Council of Churches (NCC) General Secretary/President James E. Winkler will be Ferrum College’s next Theologian in Residence on Tues., April 8, 2014. Winkler, whose appearance is part of the College’s Wright Christian Ministry Lecture Series, will give a keynote address to which the public is invited in Vaughn Chapel on campus at 11:15 a.m. His talk may also be viewed streaming live online at www.ferrum.edu/streaming.

As the NCC’s general secretary/president, Winkler serves 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 also a member of the NCC's Justice and Advocacy Commission, a member of the steering committee of the Campaign for Health Care Now, and a board member of several organizations including the Faith and Politics Institute, Churches for the Middle East Peace, and Africa Action.

Prior to his appointment to the NCC’s leading staff position, Winkler served as general secretary of the General Board of Church and Society, the international public policy and social justice agency of The United Methodist Church since November 2000. As the Board's chief executive, Winkler re-energized their work 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.

In addition, Winkler 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.

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