The Christian Activities Council (CAC) announces the appointment of Reverend Edwin O. Ayala as its fifth Executive Director, effective January 1, 2013. Reverend Ayala has been the Christian Activities Council Associate Director since 1997. As Director of Adventures in the City for the past 16 years, Reverend Ayala facilitated all fundraising, programmatic and administrative aspects of the summer educational enrichment program.
Reverend Ayala is committed to continue the excellent work of the Christian Activities Council designed to empower the poor through “breaking barriers and building communities”. In his position, Reverend Ayala will promote creative partnerships and collaboration initiatives that will promote justice, equality and build sustainable communities.
Reverend Ayala is an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ and the American Baptist Churches with 39 years of pastoral and administrative experience. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Reverend Ayala received a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Puerto Rico in 1970, and a master’s in theology in 1979. He completed his Advanced Theological Studies at the Hartford Seminary.
“Edwin is the ideal person to take on the position”, said Rev. Mark Diters, CAC Board President. “In assuming the “Acting Director’s” role these past months, Edwin has reached out to all the staff and represented CAC in the community with great energy and effectiveness. His dedication to our mission has been well proven and his assuming the permanent role will make a clear statement to our Funders that we are on solid ground.”
Since its founding in 1851, the mission of the Christian Activities Council (CAC) is to serve and empower the poor, the disenfranchised, the stranger and person with special needs while promoting social, economic and racial justice in the Hartford region. The mission is undergirded and informed by the faith of the Christian community and a sensitive awareness of common regional concerns, needs and interests. By encouraging stronger ties among suburban and urban member churches and by establishing structures for lay involvement, the Christian Activities Council seeks to create a practical vision of social witness, social development and social reform.