Andrew Steckbeck serves as acting executive director of finance for General Church

During this time of significant transition in the Brethren in Christ Church in the United States, moderator Warren Hoffman and the General Church Board are delighted to welcome Andrew Steckbeck is serving as acting executive director of finance for BIC U.S. through December 31, 2012.Andrew Steckbeck as acting director of finance (EDF).

A partner at Simon Lever LLP of Lancaster, Pa., Andrew is working on a six-month contractual basis, committing one day per week to the work of acting EDF. In this role, Andrew is working with a team to examine spending patterns, monitor current funding streams, evaluate personnel and processes, identify efficiency improvements, and to report regularly on financial information. Moving forward, Andrew seeks to build a plan to develop new funding sources and to develop strategic vision and direction for the future of BIC U.S.

“I hope to provide counsel that will assist the Church in maintaining and enhancing financial stability to enable its overall mission, and to increase financial transparency,” says Andrew.

A 1994 graduate of Messiah College (Grantham, Pa.), Andrew holds a B.S. in accounting and has worked for Simon Lever since 1996, when he joined the firm as a staff accountant. He has worked extensively with nonprofits in both professional and volunteer contexts, and has experience in providing interim executive financial leadership for clients in management transitions.

Andrew grew up in the Millersville (Pa.) BIC Church and is now a member of Petra Christian Fellowship Church (New Holland, Pa.), where he serves as treasurer. He also serves as treasurer of Mennonite Sports Organization, and is a member of the finance advisory board for HOPE International, the finance team for Hopewell Network of Churches, and the site council of Locust Grove Mennonite School.

“I feel very blessed and honored to have the opportunity to work with this community of believers,” he reflects. “There have been times over the course of my career, in dealing with various clients and constituencies, where core values and beliefs were not in alignment with my own, and it is valuable and affirming to me to serve the Church in a tangible way during this time.”

Andrew's current period of service began on July 1, 2012, and will end on December 31, 2012.