New FACT Co-Chair Elected
The Rev. Dr. Molly James was elected as the next FACT Co-Chair serving a 2-year term from 2022 to 2024, taking the reigns from Dr. Susan Barnett (PCUSA), who has faithfully served the initiative in this role for the past 4 years. Molly currently serves as the Deputy Executive Officer of General Convention for The Episcopal Church. She holds a PhD in Theology from the University of Exeter (UK). As a priest, she has served as a member of the Bishops’ Staff in Connecticut, a parish priest, hospital chaplain, and as an adjunct professor focusing on ethics and pastoral care.
She has been involved with FACT since 2019 when she began her current role with The Episcopal Church. In her campaign statement, Molly shared:
I reached out to [Dr. Scott Thumma, FACT Chair] for assistance and wisdom, since congregational reporting was now a part of my job. Together we brought The Episcopal Church back into a more active role with FACT, which has been a wonderful and enriching experience for my work and for TEC. No doubt our reporting and data analysis has been strengthened by our involvement with FACT. Joining the Steering Committee in 2021 was a blessing. I value collegiality, collaboration, and shared learning and appreciate that I have been warmly welcomed into the FACT community even as one with no formal training in statistics. Because the work of FACT seeks to understand the life and work of faith communities, theological training is an asset that complements the data analysis. I believe it is essential that our collective work is technically analytic, looking at qualitative and quantitative data, while also offering theological reflection and insight.
I am passionate about what data has to teach us about where we have been and what the future might hold for faith communities in America. Grounded and data driven decision making will be important for our faith communities, and FACT helps to make this possible. FACT has much to offer its members and the greater community, and I am honored to be elected as the next FACT Co-Chair.
Please join us in congratulating Molly on her election! Learn more about who currently serves on the FACT Steering Committee here.