Gimbiya Kettering has resigned as director of Intercultural Ministries for the Church of the Brethren, effective May 31. She has served in the position since Jan. 7, 2013. As director of Intercultural Ministries, she has been a member of the staff of Discipleship Ministries (formerly Congregational Life Ministries) and has worked closely with the Intercultural Ministries Advisory Committee.
“Gimbiya’s leadership and passion have built a strong foundation for intercultural ministries in the Church of the Brethren,” said Joshua Brockway, co-coordinator of Discipleship Ministries. “We look forward to partnering with the Intercultural Ministries Advisory Committee to envision the strategy and staffing needed to live into the vision of Revelation 7:9.”
Kettering has focused the ministry’s efforts on the Annual Conference mandates in the 2007 statement “Separate No More: Becoming a Multi-Ethnic Church,” with scriptural inspiration from Revelation 7:9. Under her leadership, the ministry continued to give the Revelation 7:9 Award to recognize church members and congregations for contributing to a vision of intercultural ministries in their communities, the denomination, and the world at large.
In recent years, she initiated and organized the Dikaios and Discipleship pre-Annual Conference study tours focused on racial justice and worked on “Continuing Together” conversation opportunities including a November 2018 Native American Heritage Month joint project with the Office of Peacebuilding and Policy, among other efforts. She has written articles for “Messenger” and led numerous workshops in various settings across the denomination.
Find more information about the Intercultural Ministries at www.brethren.org/intercultural .