GBCS Winkler to be nominated as NCC General Secretary/President

jimwinklerWASHINGTON. D.C — James E. Winkler, the outgoing General Secretary of the United Methodist General Board of Church (GBCS) and Society, has been named as the nominee to be the new General Secretary/President of the National Council of Churches (NCC).

In a press release issued today, it was revealed that Winkler’s nomination will come before the NCC Governing Board on November 18. If elected, Winkler will be 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 scheduled to leave GBCS at the end of the year, after completing the full 12 term term limit mandated in the United Methodist Book of Discipline. Winkler was appointed as the GBCS General Secretary in the year 2000, and as the chief executive of the agency, leads a staff of 22 who seek the implementation of the Church’s social principles through education, witness, and advocacy.

Winkler has been criticized by conservatives in the United Methodist Church for promoting a liberal agenda during his time at GBCS.

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.

The National Council of Churches whose mission is to promote ecumenical cooperation among Christians in the United States. The 37 NCC 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.

Additional information about the position can be found at and

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It is good that he is gone. He and his legacy are what is destroying the umc. And, he may have completed the job…….

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