MFSA Names New Executive Director

ChettThe Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA) announces Chett Pritchett as its new Executive Director.  Pritchett came to MFSA in the fall of 2011 and served as Development and Communications Associate prior to becoming the Interim Executive Director in late 2012.“After a time of intentional prayer and discernment, MFSA’s Board of Directors is delighted to welcome Chett into this position,” stated Rev. Christina Wright, Co-President of the Board of Directors.  “Chett brings to MFSA tremendous gifts for strategy, organizing, leadership and communications as well as a strong sense of how our Methodist identity affects our work.  We are excited to further our work with Chett and utilize the skills he brings to us.”

Pritchett is a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College and Wesley Theological Seminary as well as having engaged in post-graduate studies at Drew University. Prior to coming to MFSA, he worked with the United Methodist Publishing House, Transitional Housing Corporation, and in campus ministry with students at two Washington area universities. As well, he has served as lay leader at Dumbarton United Methodist Church in Washington, DC, and is a lay member to the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference.  While Pritchett is an ardent advocate for LGBTQ, reproductive, racial, and ecological justice, he is acutely aware of the intersectionality experienced because of oppressive structural systems.

“I am excited to continue leading the Methodist Federation for Social Action into the next chapter of our witness to The United Methodist Church and to the wider world,” said Pritchett. “Progressive United Methodists must maintain the Wesleyan tradition of seeking social holiness grounded in personal and corporate spiritual practices. In addition, MFSA must continue to develop avenues for faithful people to turn their passion into action.”

“I am delighted that the Board has made this decision.  Chett is a congenial, intelligent, and hard-working leader, and his communications skills are terrific,” stated Rowland Curry, MFSA Program Council Co-Chair. “I look forward to working with him on program initiatives for our Chapters.”

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