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Clare Chapman joins NCC as financial officer

Nov. 29, 2006 | NEW YORK (UMNS)


 Clare Chapman

Clare Chapman, a United Methodist who has been actively involved in the National Council of Churches, will become that organization's financial officer in January.

Currently, Chapman serves as a staff executive for program and administration with the United Methodist Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns, one of several positions she has held with the commission during the past 19 years.

Her selection as the NCC's new chief executive for administration and finance was approved by the NCC Governing Board and affirmed by the General Assembly of the NCC and Church World Service at its November meeting in Orlando. She has served on several NCC committees, commissions and task forces during the past six years.

"We couldn't be happier," said the Rev. Bob Edgar, a United Methodist pastor and chief executive of the NCC.  "Clare has been a real leader on our administration and finance committee helping us through the loss of her predecessor, Leora Landmesser. The transition has been made much easier by Clare." Landmesser died of cancer earlier this year.  

"I look forward to opportunities where I can participate with my new colleagues to support and enhance the programmatic focus of the council, provide further financial resources to enable its programs, and assist in the transitions that will come over the next year or so," Chapman said.

"The most effective organizations have strong collaboration between program and administration," she added. "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."

Chapman has extensive ecumenical and interfaith experience.  She has twice been an adviser to the United Methodist delegation to the World Methodist Council and currently serves on the World Council of Churches' board of the U.S. conference. "My work has always been ecumenical, even though on behalf of the United Methodist Church and with significant denominational involvement," she noted.

She was chairperson of the drafting committee of an NCC policy statement on human biotechnology, "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made," that was adopted by the 2006 General Assembly.

Chapman holds four academic degrees.  She received her juris doctor from New York Law School, a master of music degree from the University of Arizona, and two bachelor of arts degrees from the University of Central Florida, one in music and one in English.

*Information for this story was provided by the National Council of Churches.

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