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Nathan Day Wilson selected for post at World Council of Churches

Ecumenical Community of Chautauqua

Disciples minister will head income development and program evaluation

The Reverend Nathan Day Wilson, formerly at Christian Theological Seminary, has accepted a position at the World Council of Churches (WCC), based in Geneva, Switzerland, as Manager of Income Development and Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting for the WCC’s programs throughout the world.

“While the scope of work will be challenging, I’m eager to be part of the WCC’s collaborative work for unity, justice, and peace. In a time so divided by allegiance to false gods such as money and power, by acts of lovelessness and hatred, and by lines drawn between people according to worldly standards, a witness to God’s intended wholeness is needed more than ever,” Wilson said.    

Wilson, an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), will also work on a book surveying the ecumenical social thought and theology expressed in the WCC’s statements on international affairs. “I contend that the ecumenical movement has yet to fully develop the theological undergirding of its ethical commitments or the theological insights implicit in them,” said Wilson.

Ecumenical ministry is not new to Wilson. During his tenure as Executive Director of the West Virginia Council of Churches, the organization added its first two historic African American denominations, moved into its own building, expanded staff, quadrupled income, and developed wide-ranging service and education programs.

Wilson also served as Director of Public Policy for Washington DC-based Sojourners and manager of its national network of organizations working to overcome poverty, dismantle racism, and build healthier communities. For eleven years he coordinated the Faith & Values section of The Indianapolis Star. He pastored congregations in Kentucky and Indiana.

Wilson is a prolific author with more than 600 publications, occasional college lecturer, and a regular workshop leader at pastor’s conferences. As a volunteer, he is president of the Ecumenical Community of Chautauqua and board member of the Center for Interfaith Cooperation.

After completing his bachelor’s degree at Asbury University, Wilson earned a Master of Divinity from Lexington Theological Seminary, a certificate in Ecumenical Studies from the Ecumenical Institute de Bossey, and a Master’s in International Security from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. He holds the Fundraising Management certificate from The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. 

Follow Wilson on Twitter: @nathandaywilson


Rev. Dr. Wayne Gnatuk
Ecumenical Community of Chautauqua
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