The Interim Search Team is pleased to announce that Ms. Laurie Wilkinson (ELCA) has accepted our offer to be the Interim Executive Director of the Wisconsin Council of Churches. Laurie will provide transitional leadership to the WCC focusing on administration of programs, relationship building with partners, judicatories and leaders, and oversight of key events.
Laurie comes to this work after recently leaving Thrivent Financial. She held several positions there including Director of Church Relations, and Manager of Church and Community Engagement. Her responsibilities included engaging key national and regional leaders in the church to build and deepen mutual awareness, understanding between the church and Thrivent. She brings a whole host of both administrative and organizational development skills as well as a deep commitment to the church. Her leadership experience, connections with significant church leaders and her ability to strategically align objectives and goals to support organizational mission, vision, and purpose will benefit the WCC during this time of transition. Co-workers of Laurie spoke enthusiastically about her ability to bring people together, her exceptional interpersonal skills, her capacity to navigate difficult situations gracefully and her effectiveness in managing change.
Laurie holds a BA in Business Management and Communication from Concordia Wisconsin. She currently serves on the board of directors for Crossways Camping Ministries as well as its development committee. She previously served on the board of directors of Bethel New Life and FiveTwo. She also serves on the East Central Synod of Wisconsin’s bi-synodical candidacy committee. Her husband Bob is pastor at St Mark’s Lutheran Church in Neenah, WI, an ELCA congregation. They currently reside in Navario, WI and enjoy traveling and spending time with family and friends. Their three children live in Madison, Milwaukee and Medford, WI.
Laurie is excited to join the WCC team and continue her service to the church as our interim executive director and search team is confident that she’ll be a great asset to the WCC during this transition.