Rev. Dean Bucalos*
Mission Specialist, Prison and Jail Ministries Affinity Group
Rev. Dani Loving Cartwright
Vice President of Operations
Director of Operations Accounting
Rev. Darnell Fennell
Director of Social Entrepreneurship
Angelica Santiago Gonzalez
Administrative Assistant, Operations
Rev. Monica Wedlock Kilpatrick
Vice President of Organizational & Leadership Development
L. Christie Koetting
Associate Vice President of Accounting
Rev. Virzola Law*
Mission Specialist, NBA XPLOR
Rev. April Lewton
Vice President of Development and Marketing
Rev. Héctor J. Hernández Marcial
Director of Community Engagement
Rev. Ashley Mayham
Social Entrepreneurship Program Coordinator
Kara Whitehouse Qaoud
Executive Support Manager and Grants Coordinator
* denotes independent contractor
Reflections Following the White Co-Conspirator Summit
Rev. Foster shares learnings from her experience at the Scarritt Bennett Center White Co-Conspirators Conference.
NBA Honors Rev. Margie Pride of Memorial Boulevard Christian Church
The National Benevolent Association celebrates the ministry of and congratulates Rev. Margie Pride on her recent retirement from more than 30 years of ministry as pastor of Memorial Boulevard Christian Church in St. Louis, Missouri.
The SENT Seminar Confirmed That I’m on the Right Path
Attending the 2020 SENT Seminar was the confirmation Amie Vanderford needed to keep shaping her new social enterprise Project Least.
NBA Board of Trustees Fall 2020 Meeting A Spirit of Collective Care and Gratitude
NBA Board of Trustees met to discuss and approve the 2021 budget and to hear updates on NBA's work related to organizational and leadership development, social entrepreneur efforts, and community engagement advocacy.
Introducing NBA’s 2020-2022 Multilingual Latin@ Pastors and Leaders Peer Group
Introducing NBA's newest Peer Learning and Wellness Group for Advocacy and Activism.
NBA Welcomes Second Incubate Partner of 2020, Good Life Care Resource Center
The National Benevolent Association is welcoming another faith-rooted social enterprise as a new Incubate partner. Good Life Care Resource Center is NBA’s twelfth Incubate partner.
NBA Encourages Civic Action on Election Day Nov. 3
In partnership with the Office of General Minister and President and other Disciples of Christ general ministries, the NBA will use Tuesday, November 3, and the weeks leading up as a time for action, advocacy, and activism as it relates to voting rights in the United States.
NBA Announces New Incubate Partner, StoryWagen
The National Benevolent Association welcomes StoryWagen as a new Incubate partner and affiliate that is committed to innovative approaches to health and social service ministry.
Meet our SENT 2020 Presenters
NBA has adapted its traditional SENT model and moved the seminar to online-only this year. We are grateful to our lineup of esteemed presenters who will share their knowledge with our SENT participants. Get to know them!
How Two NBA Staffers Spent the Weeklong Pause
After NBA's weeklong pause, staff members Brittany King and Rebecca Hale came together to discuss the week of rest, what it meant to them individually, and offered some perspective on how other organizations considering a similar pause could do the same.
NBA XPLOR Announces Hiatus for 2020-21 Program Year
After considerable discernment, the National Benevolent Association (NBA) has made the difficult decision to place our young adult residential program, NBA XPLOR, on hiatus for the 2020-21 program year.
NBA Board of Trustees Meets Virtually, Reflects on Racial Justice, Coronavirus
Members of the Board of Trustees for the National Benevolent Association of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) met June 4–5, 2020, for their Spring meeting.
NBA Pauses Operations for Week of Reflection and Care, June 15 – 19
During the week of June 15–19, the National Benevolent Association will pause all staff operations and programs. For this week, the NBA will not be hosting any events nor will we be meeting with leaders of peer groups and various ministry partner organizations. Our staff will refrain from responding to emails and we will be silent on our NBA social media accounts.
XPLOR Responds to Coronavirus with “Virtual” Residency Model
NBA XPLOR has been a nexus of change and transformation for young adult Residents and local communities since it began in 2004. This spring, COVID-19 brought changes to our program, here's what we're doing.
A Letter from our President & CEO Regarding COVID-19
Let us acknowledge that it has been stressful as we all have responded to concerns related to Coronavirus.
NBA Announces Staffing Updates, Winter 2020
The National Benevolent Association of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is grateful for the ongoing commitment of our staff and is excited to announce recent staff updates and celebrations this season.
Announcing the 2019 Mission & Ministry Grant Recipients
For the third year of the Mission & Ministry Grants Program, NBA is granting a total of $166,200.
In a Spirit of Thanksgiving and Preparation, NBA Board of Trustees Meets in Pomona
As an annual practice, the NBA board meets once a year at or near the location of an NBA partner. With that, the NBA staff and board were excited to meet on the campus of Urban Mission Community Partners (UMCP) in Pomona, California. Read about our time spent with Incubate partners and our board.
Honoring Those Who Served Before Us
In honor of All Saints Day, we give thanks for the legacy left by those who have come before. We're thankful for their service and impact they've left on the National Benevolent Association!
In Memoriam: Richard D. Savage
The National Benevolent Association of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) shares our sincere condolences and prayers of peace with the family of Richard D. Savage, former NBA Development staff member who died on September 30, 2019.
Meet the 2019-20 NBA XPLOR Residents
Meet the sixth cohort of NBA XPLOR Residents, beginning the 2019-20 XPLOR program year!
NBA Announces New Incubate Partner, Broken Mended and Restored
The National Benevolent Association adds a tenth Incubate partner, Broken Mended and Restored.
Meet the 2019 SENT Seminar Presenters
Meet the presenters for our 2019 SENT Seminar happening September 11-14, 2019.
Our Broken Immigration System Has Been Weaponized, Here’s What We Can Do
The current White House administration has made it a priority to come up with new anti-immigration rhetoric and policies at every turn. In response, churches across the country are stepping up in support of immigrants, learn more about what you can do below.
Intergenerational Wellness Retreat with QC Family Tree
This past spring, NBA’s Mental Health Initiative in partnership with QC Family Tree, worked together to create an intergenerational wellness retreat that encouraged healthy character and identity formation for all ages.
NBA Announces 2019 Applications for Mission and Ministry Grants
The National Benevolent Association of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is currently accepting applications from Disciples congregations and health and social service ministries interested in applying for an NBA Mission and Ministry Grant.
NBA Hosts Wellness Seminar with Pacific Southwest Region African American Convocation
In March, the Mental Health Initiative team held a wellness seminar in partnership with the Pacific Southwest Region African-American Convocation.