Lutheran pastor Ann Tiemeyer named NCC's program director for Women's Ministry

August 8, 2007

The National Council of Churches USA has named the Rev. Ann Tiemeyer, an experienced community organizer and Lutheran pastor, to the post of program director for Women's Ministry.

Tiemeyer, currently director of Koinonia, an urban ministry in New York, will start work with the NCC on October 1.

As program director for Women's Ministry, Tiemeyer will seek to champion the spiritual and professional development of women in positions of leadership and responsibility in the NCC and its member churches. She will also develop programs and experiences that will encourage women -- especially young women -- to become involved in the ecumenical movement. Tiemeyer will be based in the NCC's New York office.

As director of Koinonia NYC since 2002, Tiemeyer developed community-based programs to respond to the effects of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The programs include a day camp with a mental health component, Faith Walks at Ground Zero, and Servant Events in New York City.

Tiemeyer was chair of the Commission for Women Steering Committee of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) from 1995 to 1999, and a committee member from 1993 to 1999. She was a board member of the ELCA's Division for World Mission and Ecumenism from 1985 to 1988.

Tiemeyer has also served as pastor of Lutheran parishes in Woodside, New York; Van Nuys, California; and Fairview, New Jersey. From 1984 to 1985, she was advocate and volunteer coordinator for Lutheran Social Services Hunger Ministries in Columbus, Ohio.

Tiemeyer earned her Master of Divinity degree in 1988 at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut, where she was recognized for outstanding preaching in her graduating class. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Wittenburg University in Springfield, Ohio.

"Ann Tiemeyer brings experience, enthusiasm and a joyous faith to this important position," said the Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell, associate general secretary of the NCC for Justice and Advocacy. "We are delighted by her decision to join our staff, and we look forward to working in partnership with her."

Kim E. Robey, staff officer for program in the Episcopal Church's Office of Women's Ministries, was a member of the search committee that selected Tiemeyer. "It was a clear choice," she said. "She has terrific enthusiasm, charisma and energy."