Rev. Rebecca Hale named baccalaureate speaker

Rebecca HaleRev. Rebecca Hale, vice president at the National Benevolent Association, will speak at baccalaureate at 5:30 p.m. May 16 in Snidow Chapel.

Rev. Hale serves as vice president for mission and ministry at the National Benevolent Association (NBA). In her role, she supports the creation and implementation of the NBA’s mission programs. The position brings together her passion for supporting congregations as they seek to be missionally-centered while nurturing new partnerships across the life of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Her work includes the development of the NBA/XPLOR program, a faith-based residency for adults up to 30 years of age who want to explore lives of care and service.

Prior to serving with the NBA, Rev. Hale worked in congregational and regional leadership for the Disciples church in Pennsylvania, Tennessee, the Northwest Region, and Florida. She was called to serve as Transitional Regional Minister and President in both the Pacific Northwest and Florida regions of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Her denominational commitments also include working as the Transformational Partner for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Indiana and she served for three years as chairperson of the Week of Compassion Advisory Committee.

She is a graduate of Johnson University in Knoxville, Tenn., and earned her master of divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary where she received the Paul T. Gerrard Prize in Preaching and Pastoral Care. She also has a master’s degree in Sacred Theology from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

Two core commitments energize Rev. Hale’s ministry. The first is her commitment to helping Disciple communities explore their current landscapes for ministry opportunities and develop contextually relevant and faithful missions based on assessment of those landscapes. The second is partnership development that encourages communities to more clearly visualize and formulate a shared mission and to fulfill that shared mission in powerful, life-changing ways.