Nancy Jo Kemper retired at the end of May 2009 as the executive director of the Kentucky Council of Churches, a position she had held since 1991. Dr. Kemper has brought the KCC’s public policy to the forefront of media attention, and she is frequently cited for work on such issues as gun control, church-state separation, the role and place of religion in public education, death penalty abolition, justice for the poor, and opposition to gambling expansion. Dr. Kemper has appeared on CBS This Morning, The Today Show, and is a frequent guest on KET.
A native of Lexington, she received her B.A. from Transylvania University and a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School. Transylvania University bestowed on her an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in 2001. The author of numerous articles, Dr. Kemper was awarded the Lauren K. Weinberg Humanitarian Award by the Bluegrass Chapter of the National Conference for Community and Justice in April 2001.
Ordained by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Dr. Kemper she has served six congregations of the United Church of Christ denomination during her 42 years of ministry. Since 1996, she has served as pastor of New Union Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Woodford County, Kentucky. Dr. Kemper is the mother of two grown daughters and has two granddaughters. She is the minister of New Union Christian Church, Woodford County, and has a consulting and advocacy business to assist small non-profit organizations, Advocacy for the Common Good.