Kathryn M. Lohre, assistant director of the Pluralism Project at Harvard and an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America representative to the World Council of Churches Central Committee, has been elected the president-elect of the National Council of Churches (NCC) by the NCC Governing Board.
Lohre will assume office Jan. 1, 2010. She was installed as NCC president-elect on Nov. 12, in St. Mark’s Cathedral in Minneapolis. Lohre will serve in her newly elected position until Dec. 31, 2011. Constitutionally, the NCC president elect succeeds to the presidency.
Lohre, who will be 34 when installed as president in 2012, will be the second-youngest president of the council since 1979.
She has been assistant director of the Pluralism Project at Harvard since 2005 and has been a member of the project’s staff since 2000. Lohre, a summa cum laude graduate of St. Olaf College, Minn., earned her master of divinity degree at Harvard Divinity School.
A member of Faith Lutheran Church in Cambridge, Lohre serves on the Bishop’s Communal Discernment Task Force in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, is a member of the World Council of Churches U.S. Conference Board of Directors, and has served on the National Council of Churches Ecumenical Young Adult Women’s Working Group.