Christine Sharp named Interim Executive Director of BIC World Missions

GRANTHAM, Pa.(Feb. 12, 2008) — The General Conference Board, acting on the recommendations of both the search committee and the Brethren in Christ Board for World Missions, has approved the appointment of Christine A. Sharp as Interim Executive Director of BIC World Missions. Reflecting on the appointment, Don McNiven, General Secretary, said, “We know that hundreds of people across the Church were praying throughout the search process. Now that Chris has been appointed, we ask for continued prayer that her gifts and skills will enable the work she does to bless the local churches, regional conferences, and the global outreach of the BIC Church.”

The committee charged with searching for finding BICWM’s next Executive Director consisted of two General Church leaders and four representatives selected by the BIC Board for World Missions. The committee conducted a careful review of the desired qualities for an Executive Director. It then considered résumé and reference materials, and interviewed several candidates, both internal and external. Ultimately, the committee decided to recommend that Chris be appointed to the position of Interim Executive Director beginning on April 1, 2008, for an period of not less than one year.

Chris comes into her new role eager to continue to use her gifts to further the work of BIC World Missions. Beginning in 2007, she served as its Director of Missional Development. As such, Chris encouraged strategic partnership between BIC churches in North America and mission teams around the world by facilitating personal transformation in global contexts, forging international connections, and encouraging BIC members to apply training in their local communities.

Chris brings extensive experience in the area of leadership development. During her six years of service as the senior associate pastor at Pequea BIC Church (Lancaster, Pa.), she mobilized the growth of leadership teams, gave oversight to a staff team of 12, and guided the expansion of adult, prayer, and global ministries within the church.

Through her involvement as a member of the Atlantic Conference Ministry Leadership Team, Chris developed and led the Community Impact Team, which provides vision, focus, and coaching to churches that desire to reach out to their local communities. She also initiated the formation of the Atlantic Conference’s Global Impact Team, which serves to empower local churches through providing training and resources to encourage participation and partnership in the global mission of the Church.

Additionally, Chris has served as a church board coach, leadership coach, cluster leader for pastors, member of the Board for World Missions, and Assistant Moderator for the Atlantic Conference. Previous to her service in the Atlantic Conference, Chris was on staff at Mechanicsburg (Pa.) BIC Church for six years as the administrator and director of children’s ministry.

Chris and her husband, Steve, will celebrate 25 years of marriage in May 2008 and are the parents of Whitney (21), Isaac (17), and Rebekah (13). They make their home in Conestoga (Pa.) and are members of the Pequea BIC Church (Lancaster, Pa.).

Search Committee:
Gordon Gilmore, Warren Hoffman, Grace Holland,
Matt Lewis, Don McNiven, and Rod Musser