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In Trust member schools have just elected five members of the In Trust board of directors. Forty percent of member schools voted, electing two new members of the board and re-electing three continuing members. 

The newly elected members of the board of directors:

David Jennings
Elected to the Board of Directors, Class of 2016
David Jennings

  • Founding Member and Principal, Irwin, White & Jennings Barristers & Solicitors, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Member of the Board of Governors, Vancouver School of Theology
  • Chair of the Board, St. Andrew's Hall, Vancouver, British Columbia

David Jennings is an attorney who specializes in corporate finance and securities law. He has served as convener of the Assembly Council of the Presbyterian Church in Canada and helped to merge two Canadian religious think tanks, the Centre for Cultural Renewal and Cardus, serving on the organization's board of directors after the merger.

An advocate of the arts, Jennings has served on the boards of Pacific Theatre in Vancouver, the Renovaré Fund, the International Justice Mission (Canada), and the Center for Religious Humanism, which publishes the journal Image. In 2003 he founded Incarnation Ministries, a Christian charity that promotes arts and culture, and he remains its executive director.

Jennings is an elder at St. Andrew's and St. Stephen's Presbyterian Church in North Vancouver.

Amy Northcutt
Elected to the Board of Directors, Class of 2016
Amy Northcutt

  • Chief Information Officer, National Science Foundation
  • Former Member of the Board of Directors, Disciples Dininity House, University of Chicago
  • Former Vice President for Administration, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C.

In her role at the National Science Foundation, Amy Northcutt is responsible for information technology investments, governance, policy, planning, compliance with federal mandates, and annual budget requests. Previously she served as the NSF’s deputy general counsel and acting director of the Office of Information and Resource Management.

Northcutt is on the executive committee of the American Council for Technology and is a member of the board of directors of the Worldwide Assurance for Employees of Public Agencies. She has also served on the boards of Just Neighbors and Bread for the City, two local nonprofit organizations in the Washington, D.C., area.

Northcutt is a member of Church of the Reformation (ELCA), Washington, D.C.

The re-elected members of the board of directors: 

Robert Coutts
Re-elected to the Board of Directors, Class of 2014
Robert Coutts

  • Executive Vice President (Retired), Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Board of Governors, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C.
  • Former Chair of the Board, Sandia Corporation

Coutts has served on the boards of directors of Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems, Lockheed Martin United Kingdom, and Lockheed Martin Espana, and he is an elected member of three New York Stock Exchange boards of directors. He is a member of the endowment investment committee at Wesley Theological Seminary and has served on the seminary's board for 12 years. He is also a member of the Cathedral Chapter, the governing body of the Washington National Cathedral.

Coutts is a member of University Methodist Church in Syracuse, New York, and an associate member of Hunt's Memorial United Methodist
Church in Riderwood, Maryland.

John Vissers
Re-elected to the Board of Directors, Class of 2015
John Vissers

  • Director of Academic Programs and Professor of Historical Theology, Knox College, Toronto School of Theology
  • Moderator, 138th General Assembly of The Presbyterian Church in Canada

Vissers was Principal of Presbyterian College from 1999 until this year. From 2001 to 2005 and from 2010 to 2012, he was director of the Montreal School of Theology, a consortium of three denominational theological schools and the theology faculty of McGill University. Vissers previously held academic posts at Knox College and then at Tyndale University College and Seminary in Toronto.

Ordained in the Presbyterian Church in Canada, he has pastored three Presbyterian congregations, including the historic Knox Presbyterian Church in Toronto.

Vissers is the author of two books and many articles and editorials for a variety of publications. (Note: in 2013 Vissers began service as Director of Academic Programs and Professor of Historical Theology at Knox College, Toronto.)

Roger McGrath
Re-elected to the Board of Directors, Class of 2016
Roger McGrath

  • Vicar General, Catholic Diocese of Camden, New Jersey

A Catholic priest of the diocese of Camden, New Jersey, Msgr. McGrath served as both an associate pastor and pastor of parishes in the diocese before he was named director of diocesan relations at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Later he served on the faculty and then as vice rector of St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore. McGrath has also served on the boards of both institutions. For 12 years he was treasurer of the Catholic Theological Society of America.

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