IBICA appoints international pastor/teacher
Oakville, Ontario (Canada)--On July 1, Dr. Terry Brensinger will begin serving as the first international pastor/teacher to be appointed by the International Brethren in Christ Association (IBICA). Brensinger, formerly chair of the biblical and religious studies department at Messiah College, a liberal arts college in Grantham, Pa. founded by the Brethren in Christ Church, and currently senior pastor of the Grantham (Pa.) Church will be available to train and encourage pastors and other church leaders around the world at the invitation of national conferences.
IBICA was established in 2006 to nurture a common identity, promote a common mission, and provide a common network for the global community of the Brethren in Christ. IBICA is governed by an executive committee that includes Bishop Thuma Hamukang’andu of Zambia (President), Dr. Bijoy Roul of India (Vice-President), Dr. Warren Hoffman of North America (Secretary/Treasurer), Bishop Danisa Ndlovu of Zimbabwe, Mr. Felix Curbelo of Cuba, and Rev. Donald McNiven of North America. The executive committee meets annually and the full association meets every three years to promote the work of Brethren in Christ churches worldwide. The next meeting of IBICA is scheduled for July 19-21, in conjunction with Mennonite World Conference events in Asuncion, Paraguay.
In 2009, IBICA took a major step toward furthering its mission with the appointment of Darrell Winger as executive director of the association, a quarter-time position that he holds in addition to staff assignments with The Meeting House, a BIC congregation, in Oakville, On., Canada. Winger, previously bishop of the Canadian Conference, as well as general secretary for the North American Brethren in Christ Church, provides operational management of the association on behalf of the executive committee.
With Brensinger’s appointment, IBICA can begin implementing various strategic steps that have remained until now only as ideas. Brensinger will spend approximately one third of his time teaching in various countries around the world where BIC pastors are trained, one third connecting with pastors and churches in North America, and another one third in research and writing related to BIC identity and other topics. Brensinger is also available for various speaking engagements and to lead spiritual retreats.
“Trips are already planned for Terry to visit Paraguay, Zambia, and Colombia. In addition, he and his wife, Deb, are exploring the possibility of leading a group of pastors, church leaders, and spouses to Israel in February 2010,” Winger states. “We encourage congregational leaders here in North America to watch for further information concerning these and other developments. We also ask that churches be in prayer for the IBICA executive committee, Terry, and me as we continue to nurture this new association and its mission,” Winger adds.
Initial funding for the position of international pastor/teacher has been provided by a seed grant from The Meeting House. IBICA is currently organizing to raise additional support for the position, along with other activities of the association. For more information about IBICA or how to support its work, contact Darrell Winger at email@example.com. To schedule an event or retreat with Terry Brensinger, contact him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.