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Center for Congregational Leadership established at Olivet College
Nov 05, 2008

Olivet College has partnered with the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches (NACCC) to establish the Center for Congregational Leadership on campus. According to Rev. Dr. Thomas Richard, executive secretary of the NACCC, the center is part of a national campaign to strengthen Congregational church leadership and growth for vital ministry in the 21st century.

Rev. Betsey Mauro, D.Min., will serve as dean of the center and will be appointed to the faculty at Olivet College. She is responsible for developing training and educational opportunities for churches and lay leaders to help strengthen their Congregational Christian witness in Americas rapidly changing culture.

Because the Center for Congregational Leadership is based at Olivet College, this strategic partnership will lend mutual strength to each of our endeavors as we share resources, ideas and mutual goals, Mauro said. The center will bring Congregationalists to the campus for study and refreshment, and raise awareness of Olivet College as a fine liberal arts school.

Mauro earned a bachelors degree in geology from the University of New Hampshire, a Master of Divinity degree from Earlham School of Religion and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. Ordained in the First Congregational Church of Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1987, she went on to serve churches in Connecticut and Maine. She is a graduate of the Congregational Foundation for Theological Studies, where she was recognized for her commitment to Congregationalism with the John Claxton Award for Congregational excellence.

The NACCC partnered with Olivet College last year as part of Branching Out, a campaign designed to strengthen Congregational church leadership and ministry. With the Branching Out campaign halfway toward reaching its $5 million goal, we began establishing the Center for Congregational Leadership in the faith that our efforts will continue to bear fruit, said Richard. Congregationalists who invest in Branching Out now have an exciting opportunity to participate in an endeavor that promises to ensure a vibrant future for the Congregational way.


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