RALEIGH – December 6, 2010 – The Governing Board of the North Carolina Council of Churches has elected Raleigh resident Stan Kimer as the organization’s president. As of January 2011, Kimer replaces Rev. Jean Rodenbough, a Presbyterian minister from Greensboro, who served as president for two years.
“Stan has faithfully progressed through leadership roles within the Council for more than a decade, and we welcome him as our new president,” said Council Executive Director George Reed. “We are also grateful to Jean for her thoughtful guidance and her commitment to the work of the Council as its president and for many years in other roles as well.”
Kimer said he was honored.
“After serving on the North Carolina Council of Churches board and experiencing firsthand how we bring together diverse churches to work on key justice issues in North Carolina, I am both excited and humbled to be elected president. I am looking forward to leading the Governing Board to furthering our positive impact on the lives of all North Carolinians,” he said.
A member of St. John’s Metropolitan Community Church since 1991, Kimer has represented Region 3 of the Metropolitan Community Churches on the Council’s board for 10 years and has been actively involved with the Council since 1995. At St. John’s MCC, he has worked as a leader in stewardship and small group Bible study. He currently chairs the Metropolitan Community Churches Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Team.
Kimer is a retired IBM executive who now runs his own consulting practice offering services and training in diversity management specializing in GLBT issues, career road mapping, and organizational effectiveness. He was recently appointed to a two-year term on the Raleigh Human Relations Commission and to the National Council of Churches Local and Regional Ecumenism Committee.
The North Carolina Council of Churches is a statewide organization representing 17 Christian denominations and committed to the twin goals of ecumenism and social justice. More than 1.5 million North Carolinians are members of congregations under the Council’s umbrella.