National Council of Churches Congratulates Ambassador David Saperstein

Washington: The officers and staff of the National Council of Churches congratulate Rabbi David Saperstein upon his confirmation by the US Senate as the Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom.  Amb. Saperstein was confirmed late in the afternoon on Friday, December 12, 2014.

“This honor has been bestowed upon one of the most respected figures in the interfaith community,” said Jim Winkler, NCC President and General Secretary. “David has been a good friend to all of us. He is really the ‘dean’ of the Washington Interreligous Staff Community.  He’s a wonderful choice for this position as he been a staunch advocate for religious freedom for decades.”

"I've been working with David for a long time, and I know him to be a very thoughtful and forceful voice for religious freedom.  I welcome his appointment to this ambassadorship,” said Dr. Antonios Kireopoulos, NCC associate general secretary, Faith & Order and Interfaith Relations. “It is a good moment for all who advocate for religious freedom globally."

The NCC has worked with Amb. Saperstein on many occasions, including most recently a Jewish-Christian dialogue co-sponsored with the National Council of Synagogues.

See also the NCC’s statement upon Amb. Saperstein’s nomination.


Since its founding in 1950, the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA has been the leading force for shared ecumenical witness among Christians in the United States. The NCC's 37 member communions -- from a wide spectrum of Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox, Evangelical, historic African American and Living Peace churches -- include 45 million persons in more than 100,000 local congregations in communities across the nation.

NCC News contact: Steven D. Martin: 202.412.4323 or steven.martin@nationalcouncilofchurches.us