Vice President of Mission and Ministry
Rev. Rebecca Hale serves as the NBA Vice President for Mission and Ministry. In her role, she supports the creation and implementation of mission programs of the National Benevolent Association. The position brings together her passion for supporting congregations as they seek to be missionally centered and nurturing partnerships across the life of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Rebecca's work includes development of the NBA XPLOR program, a faith-based Residency for 21 to 30 year-olds, who want to explore lives of care and service.
Prior to serving with the NBA, Rebecca worked in congregational and regional leadership for the Disciples church in Pennsylvania, Northwest Region, and Florida. She was called to serve as Transitional Regional Minister and President in both the Pacific Northwest and the Florida regions of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Her denominational commitments also include working as the Transformational Partner for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Indiana and she served for three years as chairperson for the Week of Compassion Advisory Committee.
Two core commitments energize Rev. Hale's ministry: The first is her commitment to helping Disciple communities explore landscapes for ministry opportunities and develop faithful missions based on assessment of those landscapes. This passion arises out of the theological commitment that "God so loves the world" and that the church exists to advance God's mission in the world.
The second core commitment to her ministry is partnership development that encourages communities to more clearly visualize and formulate a shared mission and to fulfill that shared mission in powerful life-changing ways.
Getting to know Rebecca
NBA's vision statement is "creating communities of compassion and care." What does this mean to you?
The church is called to both be and do the good news. When the church is at its best in our life together and in our presence in our neighborhood and community, then we are a rich taste of that “good news.” This good news is characterized by a spirit of compassion and care which gives us a heart for God’s wide world. It is my hope that the work of NBA is a part of helping congregations strengthen that heart for God’s world.
What do you do outside of work?
I read. I read a lot. A lot of fiction. Crime stories, spy novels, science fantasy, chick lit . . . yep, I read a lot. I also have a spouse and three adult children all in Tennessee and a very rich web of friendships in Nashville. Much of my time outside of work is spent with my lovely family and sharing life with my delightful friends.
What are you known for?
Dinner parties – like my mother before me, I love setting the table for friends! In my work life I might have a bit of a reputation for problem solving and working on transformational issues.
The last time I laughed out loud...
James Lee Burke books always make me laugh out loud. Also, anytime I am with my kids – they are hysterical and delightful young adults.