Ambassador Warren Clark announced his retirement as Executive Director of Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) after leading the organization for the past eight years. The CMEP Board of Directors has named Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon as the new Executive Director, effective August 1.
Ambassador Clark has headed CMEP since January 2008. During his tenure, he arranged meetings for church representatives with administration officials at the highest levels within the United States and foreign governments. Clark also expanded CMEP’s grassroots network nationwide for targeted advocacy by supporters from every state and congressional district.
“This is an exciting time for us to write the next chapter of CMEP,” said Russell Testa, chairman of the CMEP Board of Directors. “While we will miss working with Warren and are so grateful for his service, we are privileged to have Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon lead CMEP forward. Mae has the strong vision and direction to build upon his great legacy of success and broaden our tent.”
Rev. Dr. Cannon is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC). Cannon formerly served as the senior director of Advocacy and Outreach for World Vision U.S. on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC; as consultant to the Middle East for child advocacy issues for Compassion International in Jerusalem; as the executive pastor of Hillside Covenant Church located in Walnut Creek, California; and as director of development and transformation for extension ministries at Willow Creek Community Church in Barrington, Illinois.
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