Management responsibility of the wider Church, including administrative duties of the General Conference, coordination of all General Church boards, and implementation of the policies of the General Church to serve the regions and conferences, is delegated to a Leadership Council by the General Conference Board. This body is composed of the General Church leader(s), the bishops of the Regional Conferences, and the executive directors of ministry units of the General Church. More on BIC leadership & structure »
Alan Robinson began his role as national director of the Brethren in Christ Church in the U.S. in August 2013.
Alan’s journey to the BIC family begins in Northern Ireland, where he was born and came to personal faith at a young age in an Independent Methodist Church. Discerning a call to pastoral ministry, he served as a church planter and pastor in locations across the United Kingdom. Along the way, he received a Bachelor of Arts from Nazarene Theological College of Manchester University in 1993 and a master’s in applied theology from Oxford University in 1997.
The next year, Alan and his family moved “across the pond” to the U.S., while he pursued a Doctorate of Ministry at Asbury Theological Seminary (Wilmore, Ky.). It was during this time that Alan first heard of the Brethren in Christ Church, and in 1999, he became senior pastor of Carlisle (Pa.) BIC. “Like most people in the Brethren in Christ Church today, I didn’t grow up BIC,” he says. “However, my affinity with this Church family is strong; the more I’ve learned of the BIC story, the more I am inspired by it and feel at home in it.”
Alan has been involved in BIC Church life in many ways—as the chair of the Commission on Ministry and Doctrine, chair and faculty member of Equipping for Ministry, assistant moderator for the Susquehanna Regional Conference, and representative to the National Association of Evangelicals. In addition to his D.Min., from Asbury Seminary, he also earned his Ph.D. in administration and leadership from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2012.
Alan lives in Dillsburg, Pa. with his wife, Sharon. They have two adult daughters and two grandchildren. Other than ministry, Alan’s main passion is soccer. He has been a referee for over 20 years and officiates at the college level. To keep fit for his ref work, Alan runs and has participated in a number of races, including marathons and one 50-mile ultramarathon.
Perry Engle is the bishop of the Midwest and Pacific Regional Conferences of BIC U.S. Born into the BIC Church, Perry brings a passion for peace and justice, racial reconciliation, culturally-relevant communication, and the radical renewal of the Church to his role as bishop. The church planter and founding co-pastor of New Community BIC (Pomona, Calif.), Perry pastored for 15 years before his appointment to leadership council in 2002.
Perry has been an active leader at both the regional and denominational levels of the Church, lending his gifts of communication and humor to each task.
Perry lives with his wife, Marta, and their three daughters in Ontario, Calif., where they attend Upland (Calif.) BIC Church. When he’s not busy with his duties as bishop, Perry enjoys mountain biking, gardening, and camping at the beach with his family.
Bryan Hoke was appointed bishop of the Atlantic Regional Conference in 2015.
Bryan grew up in Pennsylvania as an active member of the Brethren in Christ Church. As a young adult wanting to impact the lives of others, he earned a bachelor’s degree in family studies from Messiah College (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) and later his Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary (Wilmore, Ky.).
In his new role as bishop, Bryan brings over 15 years of pastoral experience spanning across three BIC conferences. His ministry includes stops in Lawrenceville, Ga., as a bi-vocational pastor; Carlisle, Pa., on the pastoral staff of a large congregation; and Hummelstown, Pa., at a non-traditional church following the church-planting pastor. He has also served on numerous conference and denominational boards, such as Southeast Conference treasurer and Atlantic Conference representative on the Commission of Ministry and Doctrine.
Bryan lives just north of Hershey, Pa., with his wife, Kerry, and three daughters, Jordyn, Kylie, and Madelyn. He finds relaxation in playing and watching sports (self-admittedly watching from the sidelines with his hands on his knees, trying to catch his breath), working around the house, or grabbing the latest movie from Redbox. Although growing up in Pennsylvania, and much to the dismay of his friends, Bryan is a diehard Dallas Cowboys fan.
Ken Hoke was appointed as bishop of the Susquehanna Regional Conference in 2012.
The son of Brethren in Christ missionaries to India, Ken spent much of his childhood outside of North America. He came to faith in Christ at an early age, but it was not until his time at Messiah College (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) that he began to feel God’s call to full-time pastoral ministry. During his studies at Ashland (Ohio) Theological Seminary, Ken served for a year as youth pastor at the now-closed Sippo Valley (Ohio) BIC Church and, later, filled a three-year appointment as senior pastor at Ashland BIC. In 1975, Ken accepted an associate pastor position at Carlisle BIC. He would go on to serve at Carlisle for 23 years, the final 11 as senior pastor.
After concluding his pastoral ministry at Carlisle in 1998, he served for six years as the general secretary of the BIC Church. More recently, Hoke has served BIC World Missions as the regional coordinator for South Asia since 2003, and the International Brethren in Christ Association (IBICA) as executive director from 2010–2012. He also participates in the work of the denomination's Equipping for Ministry program by teaching a Core Course on Brethren in Christ polity.
Ken and his wife, Carol, have three grown children, Bryan, Steve, and Julie.
Aner Morejon has served as bishop of Spanish-language congregations in the Southeast Regional Conference since 2012.
Growing up in Havana, Cuba, Aner was introduced to Christ early on in life by his parents, who were both pastors in the Nazarene Church. He was baptized at the age of 12 and called to ministry at 18. After working as the youth pastor for a church in Camaguey, Cuba, he returned to Havana to finish his studies at Seminario Teológico Nazareno Cubano.
In 1990, Aner moved to the U.S., and in 1991, he was invited to join in a BIC ministry that today has grown to become Maranatha BIC Church (Hialeah, Fla.), a thriving community of Spanish-speaking believers that Aner has served as senior pastor for 21 years.
In addition to leadership at the local church level, Aner has also contributed to the wider community of faith, serving as a seminary professor, a member of the board of directors for the Greater Miami Ministers Association (and as president of that board from 2009–2010), a member of the reference committee for Mennonite Central Committee, and as the leader of an interdenominational prayer group with 18 pastors from various churches in Hialeah.
Aner and his wife, Vivian, have two grown children, Anler and Magbys, and three grandchildren.
Rob Patterson currently serves as the bishop of the Allegheny Regional Conference.
A third-generation member of the Brethren in Christ, Rob is a graduate of the United States Air Force (USAF) Officers Training School, USAF Squadron Officers School, and Messiah College (Mechanicsburg, Pa.).
Prior to his appointment as bishop in 2002, Rob pastored Canoe Creek BIC Church (Hollidaysburg, Pa.) for 12 years. During his time at Canoe Creek, Rob also served the denomination as a board member for BIC World Missions and was very active in the growth and church-planting initiatives of the Allegheny Conference.
A motivated, resilient leader with a big vision, Rob is passionate about prayer and building the body of Christ to be strong and healthy. He senses that the denomination has historically enjoyed God’s favor and believes that as we continue to seek Him with sincere hearts, His blessings will continue to pour out.
Rob and his wife, Daryl, live in Bedford, Pa., and have three children and one grandchild.
Lynn Thrush was appointed bishop of the Great Lakes Regional Conference in August 2016.
Growing up in the Allegheny Conference, Lynn was a member of the Mt. Rock BIC Church in Shippensburg, Pa. After graduating from Messiah College (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) in 1974, he earned his M.Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary (Wilmore, Ky.) and his D. Min. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Hamilton, Mass.).
Passionate about sharing the Good News, Lynn went on to pastor at Fairview Avenue BIC (Waynesboro, Pa.) for the next thirteen years. He later accepted the position of senior pastor at Gateway Community Church BIC (Chino, Calif.) in 1991, where he served for twenty-five years. Since the mid 2000’s he also served as an adjunct professor in the Practical Theology Department at Azusa Pacific University (Azusa, Calif.). Describing himself as “incurably optimistic" about the Church, Lynn looks forward to serving the BIC in his role as bishop.
Lynn and his wife, Carol, have four grown children and two grandchildren, and now live in Tipp City/Huber Heights, Ohio. As avid fans of Los Angeles sports teams, they will miss being able to watch the Dodgers as frequently as they could on the West Coast.
Rick Snyder currently serves as director of BIC U.S. Shared Services.
A 1987 graduate of The Pennsylvania State University (Harrisburg, Pa.), Rick holds a B.B.A. in professional accountancy and finance. After graduation, he began what would become a 28-year career with AMP Incorporated (Harrisburg, Pa.), which later became TE Connectivity—a $14 billion international manufacturing company. During his tenure at TE, Rick held a broad range of finance and shared services positions where he led international teams across nine countries in the design, implementation, and maintenance of global business processes.
BIC U.S. Shared Services combines the human resources, communications, and finance functions to serve local congregations. Serving in this role, Rick is excited to help BIC congregations build community and make room for the unreached.
He and his wife, Ruth-Ann, live in Boiling Springs, Pa. and are members of the The Meeting House (Carlisle, Pa.), where he's served in the church's worship ministry as well as on the board of directors.
Jonathan Lloyd currently serves as the director of BIC U.S. World Missions.
Even as a child, missions work was a central theme in Jonathan’s life. Born to missionary parents serving with Mennonite Central Committee, he spent the first two years of his life in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Returning to Pennsylvania and later studying engineering at Messiah College (Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Jonathan obtained his B.S. in engineering in 1996 and began working as a mechanical engineer and project manager for a firm in Carlisle, Pa.
Jonathan was first introduced to Brethren in Christ U.S. World Missions through his [now] wife, Erica, whom he married in 2002. In 2005, they deployed to Malawi, Africa, as church planters with the BIC U.S. in a rural Muslim community. Jonathan later went on to serve as the business manager for the Evangelical Bible College of Malawi, using his administrative gifting to help believers from different denominational backgrounds work together in training church leaders.
After returning to Pennsylvania in December 2010, Jonathan served as the HR manager for BIC U.S. World Missions, as well as the director of finance and HR for the Brethren in Christ U.S. In January 2016, Jonathan Lloyd transitioned into his new role as director of BIC U.S. World Missions.
Jonathan and Erica live in Newville, Pa. along with their four children.