Veteran United Methodist leader is nominee for NCC General Secretary/President

Washington, November 5, 2013 – A leading advocate for international justice with experience as a missionary and deep family roots in the United Methodist Church is the nominee for General Secretary/President of the National Council of Churches.

James E. Winkler, general secretary of the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society, will be placed in nomination during the NCC Governing Board meeting on November 18.

Winkler has led the United Methodist international public policy and social justice agency in Washington since November 2000.

As the chief executive of the agency, Winkler leads a staff of 22 who seek the implementation of the Church’s social principles through education, witness, and advocacy.

If elected to the NCC leadership post, Winkler will assume office on January 1, 2014.

The office of General Secretary/President, formerly General Secretary, is the leading staff position in the NCC.

The General Secretary/President serves as the executive leader of the NCC, 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 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.

After graduation from college, Winkler 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 to lead the board.

The former office of NCC President has been renamed Chair of the National Council of Churches Governing Board under a reorganization that has taken place over the past two years.

Additional information about the position can be found at and

Since its founding in 1950, the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA has been the leading force for shared ecumenical witness among Christians in the United States. The NCC's 37 member communions -- from a wide spectrum of Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox, Evangelical, historic African American and Living Peace churches -- include 45 million persons in more than 100,000 local congregations in communities across the nation.

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