Carlisle pastor takes on part-time leadership development role

GRANTHAM, Pa. (Aug. 11, 2009)—Warren Hoffman, moderator of the BIC Church in North America, announces the appointment of Alan Robinson, senior pastor of the Carlisle (Pa.) Brethren in Christ Church, to a part-time (one day a week) position with the General Conference as director of the denomination’s leadership development program. The position, which is new for both the General Church and for Robinson, is in addition to his continuing ministry with the Carlisle church.

Working with Leadership Council, the Commission on Ministry and Doctrine (CMD), the Equipping for Ministry team, and BIC World Missions personnel, Robinson will work to coordinate the various leadership resources and training opportunities already offered by these groups and to shape new strategies and initiatives for encouraging leaders in ministry. He will also provide direct supervision to the CMD associate and assistant, as well as the dean of Equipping for Ministries.

“I am excited about this position because leadership is one of the essential components that God uses in the building of His kingdom,” Robinson states. “Specifically, I hope to encourage programs through which our pastors and leaders are strengthened. I also look forward to developing opportunities that will help to keep leadership development as an essential and intentional activity of our church family.”

Robinson holds a Master’s of Applied Theology degree from the United Kingdom’s Oxford University and earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Asbury Theological Seminary (Wilmore, Ken.). He is currently pursuing dissertation research in a doctoral program in administration and leadership from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. A native of Northern Ireland, he and his wife, Sharon, live in Carlisle and are the parents of two young adult daughters.

Read more about Equipping for Ministry and other leadership development programs of the North American Brethren in Christ Church at