Meet our Candidate for Southeast Conference Minister!

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We are pleased to announce that Rev. Kimberly Anne Wood will be presented at the Annual Meeting (June 18-19) for election as our next Conference Minister!

“Rev. Wood is visionary with a solid foundation. She possesses a compassionate spirit and has an amazingly deep sense of faith, coupled with understanding diversity and challenges.” Bea Forniss, Chair of the Search Committee.

Who is Rev. Kim Wood?

Rev. Kimberly Wood has served as a pastor in the United Church of Christ for 29 years. She earned her Bachelor of Social Work degree from the George Williams School of Social Work at Aurora University, and her Master of Divinity from Bethany Theological Seminary. She was ordained in 2000. Rev. Wood has served as an associate minister, a solo pastor, head of staff/senior minister, and bridge pastor, and she is experienced in both settled and intentional interim ministry. She has worked extensively with congregations in the areas of transition, conflict resolution, and revitalization in both suburban/urban and rural settings.

Rev. Wood has held leadership roles at the association, conference, and national levels of the UCC. From 2013-2015, she served on the United Church of Christ Board of Directors.  She was the President of the Illinois Conference prior to her transition to middle judicatory ministry. She has worked in various capacities in the areas of personnel and staff support, finance, administration and business, property, sustainability, search and call, communications, ministry authorization, restructuring, stewardship and generosity, event planning, worship, and congregational and pastoral care.

Kim is passionate about caring for all of God’s creation, creating empowering spaces for the voices and gifts of those people who have been ignored and silenced, serving as an ally for people who are oppressed, and standing up, speaking out and acting against systemic injustice and individual cruelty. As a social worker, she supported and cared for children and youth who had been betrayed by a shattered system tainted with and often defined by abuse and neglect. As a pastor and teacher, she works, and encourages others to work, for God’s Kin-dom of equity and love, acting against child, domestic, and elder abuse; striving to dismantle systemic racial injustice; battling one step at a time for the rights and dignity of people who are LGBTQI; reforming our broken immigration system; closing the economic gap; and creating a world that is safe for all people. Rev. Wood is trained as an Open and Affirming Consultant, a Building an Inclusive Church trainer, a professional coach, and a community organizer.

Kim and spouse, Ron, will celebrate 34 years of marriage this year. They celebrate the gift God has given them in a beautiful family that includes 4 children, their spouses/significant others, and one adorable grandchild. Kim enjoys music, reading, sports, history and story, learning about other faith traditions, visiting new places and landscapes, game nights with family and friends, and meeting people wherever she might be.

Rev. Kim Wood currently serves as an Associate Conference Minister of the Illinois Conference, UCC.

“I believe that the Southeast Conference is poised to not just survive, not just thrive, but to lead the United Church of Christ into the future. The SECUCC’s foundational strength, found in its rich diversity and deep and powerful history, has provided a solid platform for the empowering transitions that have already been undertaken. God has prepared this Conference to speak more truth and light into the world, and I can’t wait to be part of it!” – Rev. Kim Wood, Candidate

We’re offering various opportunities to attend “Meet and Greet” events to meet Rev. Wood. These will be held via Zoom on these days:

  • May 25 at 7 pm EDT/6 pm CDT  – Register
  • June 3 at 7 pm EDT/6 pm CDT – Register
  • June 7 at 4 pm EDT/3 pm CDT – Register
  • June 8 at 11 am EDT/10 CDT – Join Online (no registration required as this is the regular Tuesday Clergy Conversation)

Be sure to register for the Annual Meeting (June 18-19) as a delegate or visitor when delegates will vote on calling Rev. Wood as the new Conference Minister.