NBA Announces Staffing Updates for 2019

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The National Benevolent Association of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is grateful for the ongoing commitment of our staff and is pleased to announce recent staff updates and celebrations moving into this new year.

In August, we welcomed Angelica Santiago Gonzalezas a part-time Administrative Assistant. In this role, she assists with the day-to-day administrative and logistical functions of NBA, while concurrently working on her Master of Social Work degree at Washington University in Saint Louis, MO. Angelica previously served as an NBA XPLOR Resident in Tucson-Marana, AZ, where she coordinated the After-School Program at Las Abuelitas / Primavera Foundation, and we are excited that she’s continuing to serve with NBA in this new position.

In November, the NBA was honored to participate in and support the ordination of our Mental Health Initiative Manager, Rev. Angela Whitenhill, at Covenant Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and through the Christian Church in North Carolina. On behalf of all of NBA and our partners, we wholeheartedly affirm Angela for ordination into Christian ministry, and believe her service makes the whole church better. As Mark D. Anderson and Rev. Monica Wedlock Kilpatrick shared at the ordination, “Angela, know that you were born for this, we at NBA have been called to come alongside you and support you, and the kingdom is better because you said ‘yes.’”

Also in November, former Director of the NBA Incubate Initiative, Rev. Ayanna Johnson Watkins, ended her service with NBA to answer a new call, as Lead Organizer of the Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope (MICAH). This forming coalition of faith-based and community organizations is joining together to give a more powerful voice for issues of justice in the city, organizing and speaking to the community and its leaders, and always seeking to “do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God.” We are so grateful for Ayanna’s years of service with NBA and wish her all the best as she lives into this new call.

Effective in December, Larry J. Morris, III, is increasing his role from .50 FTE to .75 FTE as the NBA Incubate Program Associate. While he completes his Master of Divinity and Master of Theology at Claremont School of Theology this year, Larry continues to support the NBA Incubate Initiative, broadening reach and building the network of professionals and resources to support Incubate affiliate ministries. We appreciate Larry’s continued commitment and work with NBA, particularly through this staffing transition.

NBA to Open Searches for Two Positions in Early 2019

In Q1 2019, the NBA plans to open a search for the full-time position of Director of the NBA Incubate Initiative, as well as a part-time position to be created this year for a .50 FTE Marketing Associate. Follow our social media and website in the coming weeks for those position descriptions and application details and deadlines.

Please join us in recognizing and holding in prayer the dedicated staff of NBA as we create communities of compassion and care, living out the shared work of health and social service ministry throughout the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)!

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As the health and social services general ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the National Benevolent Association partners with congregations, regions, general ministries, and a variety of Disciples-related health and social service providers to create communities of compassion and care. Founded in 1887 by six women responding to the needs of the day and on their doorsteps, for more than 130 years the NBA has continued to serve “the least of these.”