Richard L. Hamm


Phone: (317) 931-2308

Dick Hamm served as a minister of Disciples of Christ congregations for 23 years before becoming Regional Minister of Tennessee and then General Minister and President of the denomination, a post he held for ten years. He served as Executive Administrator of Christian Churches Together, a new ecumenical organization ( from 2007-2012.. He has served in rural, exurban, urban, and suburban settings and has been an associate minister, a founding pastor of a new church, and the senior minister of a multiple staff.

Hamm has written three books, including 2020 Vision for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) (Chalice Press, 2001), and Recreating the Church: Leadership for the Post-Modern Age (Chalice Press, 2007).

As General Minister and President, Hamm led the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada in developing 2020 Vision: “to be a faithful, growing church that demonstrates true community, deep Christian spirituality, and a passion for justice.” The Vision also calls for the achievement of the following goals by the year 2020: to establish 1000 new congregations, to revitalize 1000 congregations, to develop the leaders necessary to make this possible, and to become an anti-racist, pro-reconciling church. Over 750 new congregations have been established so far in response to this vision (as of March, 2012).

Hamm writes and speaks extensively on the subject of church renewal and. He is a Ministry Partner of The Columbia Partnership ( a coaching/consulting organization for church leaders, congregations, and other church organizations. Hamm has served as a member of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches and as a Vice President of the National Council of Churches. He serves as a trustee of Christian Theological Seminary. Dick and his wife, Mindy, live in Indianapolis. They have two adult children (Laura Hamm Peterson is also a graduate of CTS) and four grandchildren. Dick also enjoys astronomy.

M-607A Disciples of Christ Polity - Spring 2006 (PDF)