About Clare Chapman

The NH Council of Churches hires new executive director

clarechapmanThe New Hampshire Council of Churches and NHCC Board Chair, The Rev. Jonathan Hopkins is pleased to announce Clare J. Chapman has joined the staff as Executive Director.

Rev. Hopkins stated “we are delighted to get an infusion of Clare’s boundless energy, leadership expertise and vision that will invigorate and energize the Council’s board members and the even bigger picture— fulfilling our mission of peace and our pursuit of Christian unity in New Hampshire.”

Ms. Chapman began her role with the NHCC on February 24th.

Ms. Chapman brings a wealth of experience to the NHCC.  She is the former Deputy General Secretary and General Counsel for the National Council on Churches, headquartered in New York City since its founding in 1950.  The NCC, with a recent move of its offices to Washington D.C., represents thirty-seven member Christian communions.   During her tenure there, Chapman was elected Interim General Secretary by the Governing Board on two occasions.

Ms. Chapman has extensive leadership expertise in ecumenical and interfaith relations, that have involved meetings in the White House, forums with US Congressional members, as well as international experience — including participating in a church delegation to meet with Syrian president Bashar al Assad and Syrian church leadership on refugee concerns.

Prior to joining the NCC, Ms. Chapman held leadership positions with the United Methodist Church.  During her time as Associate General Secretary in the ecumenical office of the UMC, she served on a delegation to the Vatican, served as a board member of the U.S. Conference for the World Council of Churches and worked closely with World Methodist Council leadership.  Chapman’s leadership at the UMC included executive, finance, personnel, and programmatic responsibilities.

“I am very humbled and excited to be called by the NHCC board to work side by side with them in this new role,” Chapman said, “and look forward to the coming weeks and months to fully transition and begin working cooperatively with our member churches, our interfaith and other partners and the wider community in New Hampshire.”