General Board of Church & Society announces 2 new staff members

Northern Illinois’ Kumpf to be Director of Organizing; New England’s Wiggin is Chief Financial Officer

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) announces two new staff members: Kristin Kumpf of Chicago as Director of Organizing, and Terry Wiggin of Southbridge, Mass., as Chief Financial Officer. Both will work at the United Methodist Building on Capitol Hill, according to Jim Winkler, GBCS chief executive who announced their hiring.

Wiggin has begun work. Kumpf is expected to begin her duties by May 1.

Director of Organizing

The Director of Organizing is a new position resulting from GBCS’s year-long initiative in 2012 to mobilize teams of United Methodists to amplify the Church's call for social holiness. The director will provide regional coordination, tools and strategic support to advance various issue-specific campaigns, networks and teams. The director will collaborate with GBCS Advocacy and Education & Leadership Formation staff to identify key grassroots leaders in each jurisdiction, with emphasis on fostering leadership among those most directly affected by injustices.

Kumpf has worked for over a decade as an organizer and trainer, most recently with the Midwest Academy, a national training institute that works to develop community organizing skills and strategies for social change. As Senior Trainer and Consultant, Kumpf has worked around the world as a specialist in training people of faith to take action for justice. She served as a consultant to GBCS on its grassroots initiative last year, and has also been involved with its Immigrant Welcoming Congregation program.

Previously, Kumpf served as the Associate Organizing Director at Interfaith Worker Justice, where she trained and organized with a national network of worker centers and religion-labor groups, as well as serving as the national organizer of the New Sanctuary Movement. Interfaith Worker Justice is an Advance Special of The United Methodist Church.

Kumpf also has experience as a community organizer for the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights (ICIRR), and the Pilipino Workers Center of Southern California. Internationally, she worked with MIDP, an organization of indigenous people in the Philippines, and with the Peacebuilding, Healing & Reconciliation Program in Rwanda.

The daughter of a United Methodist clergyperson in West Ohio Conference, where she grew up, Kumpf served as a General Board of Global Ministries Mission Intern in the Philippines and Los Angeles. She also has served as Lay Leader and head of the Strategy Team at her home congregation of Holy Covenant United Methodist Church in Chicago.

Kumpf received her Masters in Social Work (MSW) from Saint Louis University, and her B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology and Spanish from Ohio Wesleyan University.

Chief Financial Officer

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) manages all aspects of GBCS’s finances. The CFO assists GBCS’s chief executive and Board of Directors in fiscal management of budgets, property, investments, business administration, and implementation and adherence to policies consistent with set goals and objectives.

Among the CFO’s responsibilities are to monitor GBCS’s investments and provide asset-management oversight of the United Methodist Building, which is across the street from the U.S. Capitol, to generate income for GBCS’ programs.

Born in Keene, N.H., and raised in Spofford, Wiggin most recently resided in Southbridge, Mass. His wife, Caroline, is pastor at the Quinsigamond United Methodist Church in Worcester.

Wiggin has served as Director of Finance & Operations for various institutions and school districts in the tri-state area of Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He has five years experience at the college level and more than 18 years working in public schools.

Wiggin is former vice president and president of the N.H. Assn. of School Business Officials and former chair of the Tri-State Assn. of School Business Officials. He is winner of the Friends of MASBO (Massachusetts Assn. of School Business Officials) award.

Wiggin has been a member of the New England Conference Board of Pensions since 2010 and its chair since February 2012. He also served on Bishop Peter Weaver’s Financial Summit Team for the conference.

Wiggin is a Certified Lay Speaker and has been the Lay Leader at two different churches, among many other leadership roles in local congregations.

Wiggin holds a BS in Management (Accounting & Finance) from Keene State College; MBA from Plymouth (N.H.) State College; and has done advanced law studies at Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, N.H. He is a former New Hampshire state legislator (1976-78 and 1980-82), former school board member and chair ( 1992-1995), and has held several other local elected offices.

The General Board of Church & Society is one of four international general program boards of The United Methodist Church. Prime responsibility of the board is to seek implementation of the Social Principles and other policy statements on Christian social concerns of the General Conference, the denomination’s highest policy-making body. The agency’s primary areas of ministry are Advocacy, Education & Leadership Formation, United Nations & International Affairs, and resourcing these areas for the denomination. It has offices on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and at the Church Center for the United Nations in New York City.

Contact Info

Wayne Rhodes
Director of Communications
(202) 488-5630 / wrhodes@umc-gbcs.org