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Danny Trapp leaving leadership post at MeckMin

The Rev Danny Trapp listens during “We Need to Talk” Community Conversations for Healing & Change" held at Myers Park Presbyterian Church in July 2015. In the wake of the Charleston shootings, Trapp arranged a series of public dialogues that were sponsored by MeckMin.
The Rev Danny Trapp listens during “We Need to Talk” Community Conversations for Healing & Change" held at Myers Park Presbyterian Church in July 2015. In the wake of the Charleston shootings, Trapp arranged a series of public dialogues that were sponsored by MeckMin. rlahser@charlotteobserver.com

The Rev. Danny Trapp, executive director of MeckMin, an interfaith group of about 100 member congregations, will leave his post by the end of the year.

He cited the organization’s financial struggles for his decision to resign as executive director after two years.

“We have come to the realization that to be financially sustainable, MeckMin must look at ways of operating differently,” he wrote in the group’s weekly e-newsletter. “As this work continues in the coming weeks and months, I feel it is best to remove the salary and hierarchy of a full-time executive director.”

During his time leading MeckMin – formerly called Mecklenburg Ministries – Trapp, 57, organized a series of community conversations this year called “We Need to Talk” that dealt with racial issues in the wake of the racially motivated shooting deaths of nine members of an African-American church in Charleston.

Last month, Trapp presided over Charlotte’s 40th annual citywide interfaith Thanksgiving service.

“MeckMin is not closing its doors,” Trapp wrote. “The work to build interfaith peace continues. I believe this process of self-evaluation and re-imagining MeckMin will result in a more nimble and relevant organization.”

Among other things, MeckMin plans to bring in a consultant that specializes in advising nonprofit organizations, Trapp said.

A 2013 graduate of Union Presbyterian Seminary, Trapp is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He wrote that he is looking at opportunities to serve Presbyterian churches in and around Charlotte.

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