Joy Bochniak named executive director of finance for General Church

—On behalf of the Brethren in Christ General Church, general secretary and search committee chair Don McNiven is pleased to announce that Joy Bochniak has accepted the invitation to serve as executive director of finance (EDF) for the General Church.

Joy Bochniak will begin her role as executive director of finance on September 17.

“We believe that we have discerned a sister in Christ who has a strong and vibrant faith, as well as the education and experience of a seasoned financial professional,” McNiven notes. “In addition to her financial expertise, Joy also has a diverse professional skill set, which will enable her to speak into many different aspects of BIC Church life. I anticipate that Joy will become a valuable asset to the Brethren in Christ community.”

Growing up in a Christian home, Bochniak came to faith as a young child. She recommitted her life to God at a camp during her high school years, and this led her to Messiah College (Grantham, Pa.), where she was first introduced to the BIC Church. “I was blessed throughout my college years by wonderful friends and professors who spurred me on in my faith, and I grew in my appreciation for the denomination known as the Brethren in Christ,” she says.

Following her early graduation from Messiah in 1991, Bochniak accepted a job working as a staff accountant with Hamilton & Musser, P.C. (Mechanicsburg, Pa.). Eager to connect with Christian peers, she also joined a Bible study at Mechanicsburg (Pa.) BIC  Church. Through that group, she met her husband, Jamie Bochniak, and the couple became members of the Mechanicsburg congregation, actively serving in its children’s ministries program for the next 11 years.

In 1996, Bochniak joined the team at United Concordia Companies, Inc. (Harrisburg, Pa.). Her work there spanned over a decade, offering her the opportunity to hold a variety of positions, including sales executive, marketing researcher, corporate financial analyst, cost management analyst, and marketing communications manager. Most recently, Bochniak has served as a financial advisor/consultant at The Turnbridge Group (Lemoyne, Pa.).

“My desire is to lead a meaningful existence, with God at the center,” says Bochniak. She has pursued this prayer through her professional efforts, as well as her involvement on the boards of local not-for-profit organizations dedicated to serving the most vulnerable members of its community.

“It’s rare to find a person as well-versed in so many areas as Joy,” comments Warren Hoffman, moderator of the BIC Church. “I believe she will become a strong contributing member of the leadership team, helping  to further the mission of the Church.”

Qualified as she is for her new role, Bochniak notes, “While I believe I have the experience and skills required to carry out the duties of this position, I’m more concerned about being the person God wants in this position at this time.”

She adds, “I believe this is a calling, not just a job.”