NEW YORK (AP) — The Rev. Michael Kinnamon, an ecumenical leader and pastor in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), has been nominated to lead the National Council of Churches.

The nomination goes before the council's governing board and general assembly at a Nov. 5-8 meeting. If he is approved as general secretary, Kinnamon will succeed the Rev. Bob Edgar, who resigned Aug. 31 to lead the liberal advocacy group Common Cause.

The New York-based National Council of Churches represents 35 member Protestant and Orthodox Christian denominations. Its programs include ecumenical dialogue, providing humanitarian aid and advocating for Mideast peace.

The organization has struggled with financial problems off and on for years. Last month, the council announced it had to cut 14 staff positions in the face of a deficit in the 2007 fiscal year, and expected to face another deficit in the fiscal year ahead.

From 1999 to 2002, Kinnamon served as general secretary for the group that became known as Churches Uniting in Christ. He has served as executive secretary of the Commission on Faith and Order for the World Council of Churches and since 2000, has been a professor at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis.