Richard L. Hamm

Lecturer

Phone: (317) 490-1968 
Email: dhamm@ddi.org

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 10 years. He served as Executive Administrator of Christian Churches Together, a new ecumenical organization (www.christianchurchestogether.org) from 2007-2012. He has served congregations 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 1,000 new congregations, to revitalize 1,000 congregations, to develop the leaders necessary to make this possible, and to become an anti-racist, pro-reconciling church. Over 850 new congregations have been established in response to this vision (as of 2016).

Hamm writes and speaks extensively on the subject of church renewal and has recently retired as a  Ministry Partner of The Columbia Partnership (www.TheColumbiaPartnership.org), 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. He is part of the US-Pakistan Interreligious Consortium (UPIC), which seeks to build relationships between the US and Pakistan, and travels annually to Pakistan for conversations. He is chair of the National City Christian Church Foundation Board (Washington D.C.) and a member of the Board of the Center For Congregations in Indianapolis. He has a D.Min. degree from CTS and eight honorary degrees (including one from Butler University, where he earned his bachelors degree).

Dick and his wife, Mindy, live in Indianapolis and are members of Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). They have two adult children (Laura Hamm Peterson is also a graduate of CTS) and six grandchildren. Dick also enjoys astronomy.