The Board of Directors of Disciples Church Extension Fund (DCEF) is pleased to announce that it has named Belinda R. King, MBA, as the next President of the general ministry. With nearly two decades of experience in business banking, commercial lending, investment management, and client service, King is the first African American and the first woman to serve as President of DCEF. She will begin her role as President-Elect on November 15, 2021, following Erick D. Reisinger who will retire as President on December 31, 2021.
“I am overjoyed with Belinda becoming the next President of DCEF,” said Rev. Laurie Pound Feille, DCEF Board chair. “She has the experience, gifts, and talents to lead DCEF into the future. The Board of Directors is looking forward to working with her and to all that she will bring to the position.”
King joined DCEF in 2012 as Assistant Treasurer for Loan Services. She has served as Assistant Vice President (2014) and Vice President (2019). In her role on the DCEF Advisors team, King works directly with congregations, relates to Regional Ministers, other Disciples of Christ ministers, denominational Bishops, and a host of church partners. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration & Labor Relations from Indiana University and an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan. She also holds the FINRA Series 6 and 63 licenses.
King currently serves as Treasurer for the National Convocation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) board. She has held the offices of Director of Finance with Transitional Life Connection Inc. (TLC), finance committee member and member-at-large for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Indiana Regional Board, and Treasurer and Financial Secretary of Light of the World Christian Church, Indianapolis. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
She resides in Fishers, Ind., with her husband Roderick (Rod), and their children Brittany, Gregory, and Kyra (KC).
King believes that successful ministry is a combination of vision, people, and process.
“DCEF is called to be a change agent for what comes next for the Church,” she said. “We are on the cusp of change, and I feel called by God to be the bridge for DCEF’s future.”
Through investments, loans, and a holistic suite of services, DCEF connects with congregations to discern the best path forward for meaningful ministry. It is also the home of the denomination-wide program, New Church Ministry (NCM). Offering relevant resources and innovative solutions, DCEF helps congregations thrive and transform communities.
King will be the ninth president of the 138-year-old ministry.
“I am very pleased that Belinda has been named the next president of DCEF,” said Reisinger. “Her love for the Church paired with her extensive background in the financial sector makes Belinda the ideal person to lead DCEF into its next chapter of ministry.”
King’s appointment concludes an extensive search that followed the executive search model as approved by the General Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
“Our process was one of spiritual discernment,” said search committee chair Antonio “Tony” Rodriguez. “Our task as the search committee was to identify who God had already called.”
Disciples Church Extension Fund inspires and empowers congregations to create Holy Places where people connect with God, each other, and the community.
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