Meredith McNabb named new director of Center for Clergy Excellence

   The Rev. Meredith McNabb

Feb. 17, 2014 - The Rev. Meredith L. McNabb, who now serves as associate pastor at Grace UMC, Manassas, in the Alexandria District, has been appointed director of the Virginia Conference Center for Clergy Excellence, effective July 1.

"Rev. McNabb is not new to the work of the Center for Clergy Excellence," Bishop Young Jin Cho said in making the announcement Feb. 17. "She currently serves as the secretary of the Board of Ordained Ministry, and her leadership has been well recognized by her church and many colleagues.  It was with great joy and expectation that the ad-hoc search committee reached consensus in selecting her as the new director of the Center for Clergy Excellence."

McNabb will fill the position now held by the Rev. Beth Downs, who will retire at the end of June.

"For the Rev. Beth Downs’ 16 years of very effective ministry in this area, we cannot thank her enough," Bishop Cho said. "May the Lord continue to bless this new chapter of her journey."

McNabb grew up all over the country but has called Virginia home. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Washington & Lee School of Law. Before entering the ministry she was an attorney, working in a free legal clinic for elder care and domestic violence issues.
She earned her Master of Divinity at the Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, and was appointed to Grace UMC in 2007.



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