The Kentucky Council of Churches has named the Rev. Marian McClure Taylor of Louisville as its executive director.
The council is a collaboration of some 2,000 churches in Kentucky for social ministry. The council also has a voice in Kentucky politics.
Taylor is now the North American representative of Edinburgh 2010, the celebration of a world missionary conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1910, that challenged Christians to cooperate in evangelism.
From 1997 to 2006, she was director of the Presbyterian Church (USA)'s worldwide ministries division.
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Taylor will replace the Rev. Nancy Jo Kemper, who is retiring in June. Kemper had been the council's executive since 1991.