Disciples News Service

Historical society names interim executive director

The Disciples of Christ Historical Society has called John M. Imbler as Interim Executive Director, beginning June 13, 2016. Through its relocation from Nashville (TN) and settlement in Bethany (WV) and the restructuring of its organization, Imbler will provide transitional leadership in a deployed capacity.

A multi-generational Disciples of Christ and life member of the Historical Society since 1974, he retired from Phillips Theological Seminary (Tulsa, OK) in 2014 as Stephen J. England Associate Professor of the History of Christianity and Disciples Studies. The seminary board also named him executive vice president emeritus for his 20 plus years’ service in human resources, facilities management, and fiscal oversight. Prior to his ministry as PTS, he served 14 years as vice president for theological education with the Division of Higher Education (now HELM) concluding his final six months as interim president. Imbler has degrees from Butler University, Christian Theological Seminary, and Phillips Theological Seminary plus an honorary degree from Columbia College.

The Historical Society is entering another phase of its own history settling in its new building near the Campbell Mansion. It is appropriate that the Society finds itself living on grounds where the Stone-Campbell movement, in part, originated. Dedication and celebration of its new home will be held on Sept. 10.

“The Historical Society is very fortunate to have a person of John’s ability and knowledge as its Interim Executive Director. We are looking forward to the new and exciting path the Disciples of Christ Historical Society has begun,” said Archie Jenkins, board chair.

Imbler stated “It is indeed an honor to be called to interim leadership of the Historical Society. Now through 75 years of its existence, the Society is well positioned to provide new opportunities for service to the Stone-Campbell people. I am excited to be part of its future.”


5 Responses to “Historical society names interim executive director”

  1. Kyle Maxwell:

    John Imbler is an excellent choice. Having known and worked with him for many years, I cannot think of a better person, historian, scholar, teacher,and researcher who has a fuller grasp of our heritage and who willingly works hard to preserve and pass that heritage to future generations. His sense of humor will make it sing and dance!. Our thanks to the board for a fine choice.

  2. Don Lanier:

    Great choice! Why not the permanent director?

  3. Roberta Shaffer:

    Excellent choice! A true Disciple of. Christ historian.

  4. Dick Hamm:

    What a wonderful and wise choice! Thanks for saying “yes” John!

  5. John is an excellent choice, not just as interim, but as permanent called director. He was one of my favorite teachers at Phillips, and a Disciple scholar through and through. Congratulations. John will bring new life and purpose to the historical society.

    Jerry Albright, Executvive Director Interchurch Ministries of Nebtaska.