President, National Council of Churches of Christ
Rev. Peg Chemberlin is the current President of the National Council of Churches of Christ (NCCC) for 2010-2011. She is the first state ecumenical executive to be elected to this position. She stands in a long line of distinguished public leaders in the NCCC role, including Ambassador Andrew Young, J. Irwin Miller, Rev. Dr. Eugene Carson Blake, and Bishop Phillip Cousins.
The National Council of Churches has a constituency of 45 million members, from 35 different communions and more than 10,000 congregations. Among her leadership efforts at the NCCC, Chemberlin chaired the NCCC Ecumenical Networks Standing Committee, working with local and regional councils of churches all over the country. It has been said that she has one of the broadest set of relationships with church leaders across the country.
Chemberlin has been the executive director of the Minnesota Council of Churches for 14 years. She leads the Council’s efforts to manifest the unity of the Body of Christ and to build the common good in the world. Under Chemberlin’s leadership the council has galvanized the relationships of its constituent members and become a predominant actor for the faith community with other sectors.
In 2009 Chemberlin was appointed to the task force of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, which focuses on economic recovery and fighting poverty.