Christian Churches Together Appoints New Leader

WASHINGTON, June 21, 2012—The steering committee of Christian Churches Together in the USA (CCT) has appointed the Rev. Carlos L. Malave as Executive Director. CCT is a national organization that brings together churches from all the Christian traditions in the US.

Malave has served 11 years as Associate for Ecumenical Relations for the Presbyterian Church (USA). He previously served in the pastoral ministry in California and Puerto Rico. He has a master of divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary, a master of arts from Loma Linda University, and a bachelor of arts in religion from University of the Antilles.

Malave brings to this position a strong sense of call to the movement for Christian unity in the US and to CCT in particular. He also brings experience and relationships with a number of cultures and traditions within the CCT movement.

“I’m ready to do whatever is needed to continue to break down any walls that divide the churches in our country,” he said. He noted that one of the most important challenges for CCT is to seek deeper relationships with churches of the African American and Evangelical traditions.

At its steering committee meeting, CCT continued planning an April 2013 event that will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” CCT is preparing a formal response to that historic letter.

CCT’s next annual meeting, to be held early next year in Austin, Texas, will focus on the human realities, legal implications and challenges of immigration in the US. This focus builds on previous meetings devoted to the topics of poverty, evangelism, and racism.

Created in 2001, CCT is a forum of more than 35 churches and Christian organizations that encompasses the broad diversity of Christianity in the US. The members are organized into five “families”—Catholic, Evangelical/Pentecostal, Historic Black, Historic Protestant, and Orthodox.