BIC U.S. announces new executive director of world missions
Mechanicsburg, Pa. (DECEMBER 23, 2015)—Alan Robinson, national director of the BIC U.S., is pleased to announce Jonathan Lloyd as the new executive director of world missions. In keeping with the provisions of the Manual of Doctrine and Government, the search committee submitted its recommendation for confirmation from the Board for World Missions and the General Conference Board. Both boards unanimously confirmed the appointment and Jonathan will begin his new role on January 1, 2016.
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, his family continued to embrace a missional lifestyle, orienting their lives to serve those both home and abroad.
As a college student, Jonathan studied engineering at Messiah College (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) where he obtained his B.S. in engineering in 1996. Shortly after graduating, he began working as a mechanical engineer and project manager for a local firm, Master Solutions, in Carlisle, Pa. Also during this time, he pursued additional training in Bible and missiology from Columbia International University (Columbia, S.C.) and Kingdom Building Ministries (now called Forge, in Denver, Colo.). As part of his training, Jonathan spent time discerning and drafting a “life purpose statement,” where he began to feel God leading him toward cross-cultural ministry.
Jonathan was first introduced to Brethren in Christ U.S. World Missions through his [now] wife, Erica, whom he married in 2002. In 2005, Jonathan and Erica were deployed by the BIC U.S. to Malawi, Africa, as church planters in a rural Muslim community. He 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. Since returning to Pennsylvania in December of 2010, Jonathan has 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.
Jonathan and Erica are members of New Life Community, a BIC congregation in Mt. Holly Springs, Pa., where Jonathan serves on the stewardship team. He also serves as secretary of the board of directors for the international radio ministry, The Gospel Tide.
Sharing the following reflections, Jonathan looks forward to serving the Church in this new role:
I am honored to be given this opportunity to lead an amazing group of God’s servants, working in many different ways to make disciples in their various settings. I approach this new role with a strong faith in, and dependence on, God’s ultimate leadership, a deep respect for the calling and many years of experience of our global workers, and a gratefulness to serve alongside a committed staff team who enjoy serving together.
‘And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God’ (Philippians 1:9-11).”
We are excited to have Jonathan serve the Church in this new role. Please join us in praying for Jonathan and Erica and their family during this transition, as well as the continued work of BIC U.S. World Missions.