Jerry Van Marter, president of the Associated Church Press (ACP), recently announced the appointment of Joe Thoma as executive director of the ACP.
Thoma, director of communication for the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida, has served as a member of the ACP Board and Professional Development Committee. He is editor of the award-winning "Central Florida Episcopalian," and was site host of the ACP's 2006 conference in Orlando, Florida.
A journalist for more than 26-years, Thoma holds a bachelor's degree in history from Rutgers University and a master's in political science from Duke University.
He is the principal of Awareness Campaign Inc., which was hired by the ACP Board as the organization's association management firm.
Awareness Campaign provides marketing, custom publishing and event-management services to for-profit and non-profit organizations including Kairos Prison Ministry International, based in Winter Park, Florida.
"Joe knows our members and thoroughly understands their needs. We are confident that his firm will allow us to offer more member services and expanded support for our activities," said Van Marter.
Awareness staff will be responsible for providing administrative support to the ACP's growing list of activities -- from the annual awards competition, to conference planning, to development of an interactive website for members.
The Associated Church Press, the oldest interdenominational press association in North America, is a 90-year-old professional association of more than 130 religious publications representing a combined circulation of well over 20 million. It is a community of communication professionals dedicated to giving God's word a creative voice as it describes and supports the life of faith in the Christian community.