The Rev. J. Gregory Alexander, elected president of the Kentucky Council of Churches by acclamation on October 25th, 2013, has a clear sense of his call in ministry. Speaking to the Council’s Justice and Advocacy Commission, he said he works “for a context where everyone has full personhood as children of the living God.” He also spoke about “empowering” the many units of the Council for their ecumenical work.
Greg Alexander is the General Minister for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) In Kentucky (also known as the Disciples). It has been more than two decades since the top official of one of the Council’s 23 members served as president. Outgoing Council president Mike Ward, pastor of Walnut Hill Church in Lexington, observed that “this is a point in the Council’s life when having leadership come from that level of our membership is particularly helpful.”
Marian Taylor, the Council’s Executive Director, added that Greg is a regular participant in both of the “clusters of bishop-level leaders the Council convenes for lunch fellowship – in Lexington and Louisville. His relationships and his deep knowledge of the Kentucky context will be important leadership assets."
Greg’s commitments and experiences suit him in special ways for this leadership role. Early in his ministry he was active in the Iowa Council of Churches. Academic studies in environmental health helped him be supportive of the growing movement of “care for creation” in the churches. He has served these past several years on the oversight team for the Kentucky Council’s Lilly-funded clergy peer groups program. And he is active in a “Spiritual Formation” training program that takes him regularly to a Benedictine monastery in Indiana.
The Kentucky Council of Churches exists “to witness to Christian unity through relationships and actions,” and sincerely requests prayers for that mission and for Executive Board President Greg Alexander.