Installation of the 10th General Minister and President

Rev. Dr. Karen Georgia A. Thompson

The Board of Trustees of the United Church of Christ is pleased to announce the installation of our 10th General Minister and President, The Rev. Dr. Karen Georgia A. Thompson.

Rev. Thompson was elected General Minister and President at the 34th General Synod on July 3, 2023 in Indianapolis, IN, and took office on August 1. Rev. Thompson is the first woman to serve as General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ.

You are cordially invited to celebrate this historic installation on Friday, October 20, 2023, 5:00 pm ET, at the Lakewood Congregational Church in Lakewood, Ohio where the Rev. Joanna D’Agostino serves as Senior Pastor. The service of installation will also be broadcast online.

Installation Service Details – Registration Is Required

Installation of the 10th General Minister and President, Rev. Dr. Karen Georgia A. Thompson
Friday, October 20, 2023, at 5PM ET
Lakewood Congregational Church, 1375 West Clifton Boulevard
Lakewood, OH 44107
The service will be livestreamed for those unable to attend in-person.

Cleveland Hotels

Please see below for several convenient hotel options near the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and in downtown Cleveland. Whether you want to stay near the airport or in the heart of downtown Cleveland, the commute to Lakewood Congregational Church is approximately 15 minutes from any of the following locations. Guests are responsible for securing their accommodations. Please note that rates and availability will vary.

Cleveland Hotels

Hilton Garden Inn Cleveland Airport, 4900 Emerald Ct SW, Cleveland, OH 44135

Holiday Inn Express Cleveland Airport, 16330 Snow Rd, Brook Park, OH 44142

Hilton Garden Inn Cleveland Downtown, 1100 Carnegie Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115

The Westin Cleveland Downtown, 777 St Clair Ave NE, Cleveland, OH 44114

Hotel Indigo Cleveland Downtown, 651 Huron Rd E, Cleveland, OH 44115

Hilton Cleveland Downtown, 100 Lakeside Ave E, Cleveland, OH 44114

Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Tower, 1360 W Mall Dr, Cleveland, OH 44114

Hyatt Place Cleveland/Westlake, 2020 Crocker Rd, Westlake, OH 44145

Hampton Inn Cleveland/Westlake, 29690 Detroit Rd, Westlake, OH 44145

Get to Know the GMP

On Thursday, July 27, 2023, Rev. Dr. Karen Georgia A. Thompson joined Rev. Tracy Howe for a special edition of Nurture the Soul where she shared what formed her life, faith, hopes, and vision for the UCC. Watch it below.