Wider Church names Whiten as acting exec

Wider Church names Whiten as acting exec

March 31, 2005
Written by Staff Reports

Applications sought for vacant post

Jan-Feb 2005

A search committee is seeking applications before March 31 for the position of executive minister of the UCC's Wider Church Ministries, following the December resignation of WCM executive Olivia Masih White.

By virtue of the office, the successful candidate will also become a member of the UCC's five-person Collegium of Officers and will serve as co-executive of the Common Global Ministries Board of the UCC/Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

"He or she shall provide visionary leadership, competent and collaborative management and oversight of WCM's activities," an advertisement reads.

For further information and application materials, contact Sandy Casmey, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, 3000 Fifth Street NW, New Brighton, MN 55112; e-mail scasmey@unitedseminary-mn.org; phone 651/255-6107.

The search committee is being chaired by the Rev. Ruth Brandon, WCM's vice-chair.

Acting executive minister named

The Rev. Bennie E. Whiten, Jr. has been named acting executive minister of the UCC's Wider Church Ministries by its executive committee. The committee is also recommending that the UCC's Executive Council affirm Whitten to be an acting member of the UCC's five-person Collegium of Officers.

Whiten began work on Jan. 24 and will serve through September. A search process is underway to select a called successor through the more-formal election process at General Synod 25 in Atlanta.

Whiten is a graduate of Texas College and Howard University Divinity School. He has served as pastor of First Reformed UCC in Cincinnati, Ohio, as minister of metropolitan mission in New York City, as the deputy executive director of the New York City Mission Society, as associate executive director of the Community Renewal Society in Chicago and, for ten years, as the minister and president of the UCC's Massachusetts Conference. He retired from that post in 2000.

"Dr. Whiten has been involved in leadership settings across the UCC and brings strong pastoral, ecumenical, managerial and administrative gifts to this position," wrote the Rev. John H. Thomas, the UCC's general minister and president, in a memo announcing Whiten's appointment.

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