ELCA’s Lohre concludes term as National Council of Churches president
James E. Winkler, general secretary of the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society, was elected and installed as NCC general secretary/president during a meeting of the governing board in Chicago Nov. 18-19.
“The election of James E. Winkler as general secretary/president is cause for celebration,” said Lohre. “He brings a remarkable balance of ecumenical passion, administrative skills and strong relationships with church leaders and faith-based partners. We are confident that Mr. Winkler will lead the National Council of Churches into a period of renewed vitality as we seek to respond anew to Christ’s call to unity in a rapidly changing religious landscape,” she said.
The office of general secretary/president, formerly general secretary, is the leading staff position in the NCC. Under a restructuring, the former office of NCC president has been renamed chair of the NCC governing board.
Lohre said Winkler’s role will be to implement the new structure of the governing board, intended “to breathe life into what the churches have named as two priorities for the next period—mass incarceration and inter-religious relations with a focus on peace.”