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Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins
Rev. Dr. Sharon E. Watkins serves as General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada. She is an inspirational preacher, teacher and facilitator who shares her considerable skills in a variety of religious and ecumenical settings. As General Minister, she is general pastor of the 700,000-member denomination, responsible for representing the wholeness of the church, for reconciling differences, and for helping the church retain its clarity of mission and identity. As General President, she is the chief executive officer for the denomination, responsible for overseeing the work of the church's various structures. She strives to help the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) remain faithful to God's calling and to do its work effectively and efficiently. She is serving a six-year term that extends through the 2011 General Assembly. At the 2011 General Assembly, she was re-elected to a second six-year term, which will extend through 2017. Dr. Watkins is regarded in the ecumenical world as "head of communion" and as the chief representative of the church in national and world ecumenical councils. Disciples often speak of the GMP as the Disciples' primary leader. She serves on the National Council of Church's governing board, based in New York City. Dr. Watkins also is a board member of Sojourners, a Washington, D.C. based group, which seeks to build a movement that puts faith to work for justice. At the invitation of then President-Elect Barack Obama, Dr. Watkins preached at the National Prayer Service in Washington, D.C. on January 21, 2009, the day after his inauguration. She also served a term on President Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.