Week of Compassion Calls Rev. Jacobs and Rev. Barnes to Serve New Roles

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Week of Compassion has called the Rev. Mary Jacobs as Interim Resource Development Director. Mary Jacobs comes to Week of Compassion to continue the important work begun by Johnny Wray of building the Circle of Compassion and the Week of Compassion Endowment Program with Disciples congregations. Mary is a third generation Disciples and an ordained clergywoman.  She has served congregations in California and Arizona, including one new church start that she shared with her husband, Bill.  Mary is familiar with many of Week of Compassion's partners and has visited Church World Service's sustainable development program in Africa.  She lived and studied in Bossey, Switzerland with other Christians from around the world at the Graduate Institute program of the World Council of Churches. She has served in various capacities within the General Church and the Regions where she has been pastor, which included being First Vice-Moderator of the General Assembly and Moderator in Arizona.  She recently completed her ministry as the Transitional Interim Regional Minister of the Northern California/Nevada Christian Church and as the President of the International Disciples Women's Ministry. Mary will begin her new role on November 1, 2014.

Week of Compassion has appointed the Rev. Dawn Barnes to a new position as Transitional Program Associate.  Dawn has been with Week of Compassion for nearly two years and understands the working relationship with many of our partners.  In her new role she will focuson strengthening relationships with many of our partners and congregations, as well as the day to day operations for Week of Compassion.  Dawn has served ten years with Global Ministries as a missionary to South Africa and Mozambique, engaged in pastoral and development work with a focus on HIV and AIDS. Prior to working in Africa, she was a clinician in Richmond, Virginia working with the seriously mentally ill. She is ordained with the Disciples of Christ and has standing in the United Church of Christ. She is mom to Khaya and Alyson and, along with her husband Jon, lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.

This Week's Responses:

Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance
Oregon, Food Relief
Kentucky, Tornado Relief

Development and Long-Term Recovery and Rehabilitation
Oklahoma, Long-Term Tornado Recovery