WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) announces that Kristin Kumpf of Chicago will be its new Director of Organizing. Kumpf will work at the United Methodist Building on Capitol Hill, according to Jim Winkler, GBCS chief executive who announced the hiring.
Kumpf is expected to begin her duties by May 1.
The Director of Organizing is a new position resulting from GBCS’s year-long initiative in 2012 to mobilize teams of United Methodists to amplify the Church's call for social holiness. The director will provide regional coordination, tools and strategic support to advance various issue-specific campaigns, networks and teams.
The director will collaborate with GBCS Advocacy and Education & Leadership Formation staff to identify key grassroots leaders in each jurisdiction, with emphasis on fostering leadership among those most directly affected by injustices.
Kumpf has worked for over a decade as an organizer and trainer, most recently with the Midwest Academy, a national training institute that works to develop community organizing skills and strategy for social change. As Senior Trainer and Consultant, Kumpf has worked around the world as a specialist in training people of faith to take action for justice.
Kumpf served as a consultant to GBCS on its grassroots initiative last year, and has also been involved with the agency’s Immigrant Welcoming Congregation program.
Previously, Kumpf served as the Associate Organizing Director at Interfaith Worker Justice, where she trained and organized with a national network of worker centers and religion-labor groups, as well as serving as the national organizer of the New Sanctuary Movement. Interfaith Worker Justice is an Advance Special of The United Methodist Church.
Kumpf also has experience as a community organizer for the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights (ICIRR) and the Pilipino Workers Center of Southern California. Internationally, she worked with MIDP, an organization of indigenous people in the Philippines, and with the Peacebuilding, Healing & Reconciliation Program in Rwanda.
The daughter of a United Methodist clergyperson in West Ohio Conference, where she grew up, Kumpf served as a General Board of Global Ministries Mission Intern in the Philippines and Los Angeles. She also has served as Lay Leader and head of the Strategy Team at her home congregation of Holy Covenant United Methodist Church in Chicago.
Kumpf received her Masters in Social Work (MSW) from Saint Louis University, and her B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology and Spanish from Ohio Wesleyan University.
The General Board of Church & Society is one of four international general program boards of The United Methodist Church. Prime responsibility of the board is to seek implementation of the Social Principles and other policy statements on Christian social concerns of the General Conference, the denomination’s highest policy-making body. The agency’s primary areas of ministry are Advocacy, Education & Leadership Formation, United Nations & International Affairs, and resourcing these areas for the denomination. It has offices on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and at the Church Center for the United Nations in New York City.