About the NACCC

About the NACCC

As a member of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches, your church joins with other churches around the country for mutual encouragement and support. By sharing fellowship through the NACCC, each church is made stronger by access to a multitude of resources and expertise and by the assistance of neighboring churches.

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400 Years of Faith

Our History

Our History

Over 60 years ago, the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches (NACCC) was incorporated as a fellowship of Congregational churches. The churches in this fellowship opposed merging with the Evangelical and Reformed Church that some Congregational churches favored. While the idea of merging with another denomination was not, in and of itself, offensive, the concerns about this particular merger centered on Congregational identity, practice, and cherished values.

Those against the merger feared that it would establish a church hierarchy and that the local congregation would lose its independence and ability to self-govern. While this is a simplistic summary of a complicated and emotionally-fraught period of history, it illustrates how core principles and practices of the Congregational Way were the driving values that formed the NACCC.

Understanding Congregationalism The Art and Practice of the Congregational Way

Our Mission

It is our mission to nurture fellowship among Congregational Christian Churches and to support ministries of the local church in its community and to the world, all in the name of Christ.

Our Vision

Vital and healthy Congregational Churches, sharing the love of Jesus the Christ.
The NACCC will continue to provide the resources, aid, and fellowship that empower strong, healthy churches to thrive.

Because the NACCC is an association of individual churches, the NACCC depends on a structure of volunteers to determine and manage its programs and policies.  NACCC staff serves to encourage and support this important work on behalf of member churches.

Governing Documents

As a recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the NACCC follows a series of standardized bylaws and incorporation standards to ensure successful adherence at all times.

Leadership Teams

The NACCC Leadership Teams

The NACCC is stewarded by a dedicated board of volunteers who form our Leadership Council and Board of Directors. Each elected leader gifts their unique experience, insight, and expertise to help ensure the versatility and stability of our organization. If you require contact information for a leadership team member, please email the NACCC office.

About the NACCC

Current Leadership Council

The Leadership Council is responsible for program implementation and strategic visioning of the NACCC.

Rev. Dr. Cindy Bacon Hammer

Moderator & Chairperson
Madison, Wisconsin

Rev. Justin Nierer

Vitality Ministry Council Rep.
Jackson, Michigan

Patrick Stewart

Youth Representative
Marshaltown, Iowa

Rev. Dr. Mary Biedron

Historian
Farmington Hills, Michigan

Kate O’Dell

Secretary
Anchorage, Alaska

Pastor Carol Taylor

Growth Ministry Council Rep.
Beloit, Wisconsin

Barbara Dabul

Mission & Outreach Council Rep.
Sun City, Arizona

Mary Prendergast

Growth Ministry Council Rep.
Pomona, California

Rev. Sarah Terlouw

Vitality Ministry Council Rep.
Saugatuck, Michigan

Jeff Dillon

Treasurer
Franklin, Wisconsin

Rev. Art Ritter

Vice Moderator
Novi, Michigan

Rev. Rich Miller-Todd

Mission & Outreach Council Rep.
Des Moines, Iowa

Current Ministry Council Members

Our development, clerical maintenance, and organizational advancement are the direct result of our ministry councils, who volunteer their time to enhance the vitality, growth, and mission work of the NACCC.

VITALITY

Encouraging and supporting the congregations of the NACCC in their mission of strengthening church life

Rev. Justin Nierer, Chair

Leadership Council Representative
Jackson, Michigan
2017-2020 & 2020-2023

Rev. Dr. Irven Gammon

Florence, Massachusetts
2016-2019 & 2019-2022

Cynthia Hardy

Chandler, Arizona
2019-2022

Rev. Ian Macdonald

Sherman Oaks, California
Membership at First Congregational Church, Greenville, Michigan
2018-2021

Rev. Sarah Terlouw

Leadership Council Representative
Saugatuck, Michigan
2017-2020 & 2020- 2023

GROWTH

Encouraging and supporting the congregations of the NACCC in their mission of faith and discipleship

Rev. Dr. John Tamilio III, Chair

Leadership Council Representative
Beverly, Massachusetts
2017-2020 & 2020- 2023

Mary Prendergast

Leadership Council Representative
Pomona, California
[2015-2017 completed a two-year replacement]
2017-2020 & 2020-2023

Rev. Ezekiel Rodriguez

National City, California
2021-2024

Curt Schmidt

Bound Brook, New Jersey
2016-2019 & 2019-2022

Pastor Carol Taylor

Beloit, Wisconsin
[2015 completed a one-year replacement]
2016-2019 & 2019-2022

MISSIONS & OUTREACH

Encouraging and supporting congregations of the NACCC in their mission of spreading the word and work of Christ in the world – both locally and globally

Thomas Chelimsky

Fox Point, Wisconsin
2021-2023

Barbara Dabul

Sun City, Arizona
2017-2020 & 2021-2022

Rev. Richard Miller Todd

Berwick, Iowa
2021-2023

Jan Wilson

Leadership Council Representative
Peterson, Iowa
2016-2019 & 2019-2022

Gerald Zwaga

Citrus Springs, Florida
2021-2024

Current Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is responsible for all legal and financial matters of the NACCC.

Rev. Art Ritter

Vice Moderator & Chair
Novi, Michigan

Rev. Dr. Beth Bingham

Sherman Oaks, California

Rev. Dr. Cindy Bacon Hammer

Moderator
Madison, Wisconsin

Claudia Kniefel

Anchorage, Alaska

Jeff Dillon

Treasurer
Anchorage, Alaska

Jodee Lord

Staten Island, New York

Kate O’Dell

Secretary
Anchorage, Alaska

Rev. Thomas Van Tassell

Saugatuck, Michigan

The NACCC Staff

Members of the NACCC staff serve our organization in a professional capacity, to provide administrative, development, communications, and structural support to our mission, vision, and overall association. Our NACCC staff includes:

Rev. Dr. Ashley Cleere

Executive Director
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Debra Fulton

Director of Development & Communications
email

Julie Robie​

Missions Administrator
email

Tracy Bernhardt

Development & Communications Assistant
email

Marianne King

Editor of The Congregationalist magazine
email

Rev. Dr. Shawn Stapleton

Center for Congregational Leadership Workshop Coordinator
​email 

Carrie Dahm

Assistant to Executive Director & Meeting Planner
email

Rev. Dr. Charles Packer

Dean of Congregational Foundation for Theological Studies
email

Laura Wright

Executive Assistant to the Center for Congregational Leadership ​& Pastoral Search Coordinator
email 

Dan Drea

Chief Financial Officer
email

Janice Powell

Accounting Assistant
email 

Annual Reports

Thank you for making a difference! Your support and leadership to the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches (NACCC) helps us to nurture fellowship among Congregational Christian Churches and to support ministries of the local church in its community and to the world, all in the name of Christ.

Our current annual report reflects donations to the NACCC between April 1, 2019-March 31, 2020.

Connect with the NACCC Team

If you have any questions or would like to know more about the NACCC, please send us a message. We look forward to hearing from you!

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