March 2015

Greetings! As members of the Brethren in Christ U.S. community, we hope you enjoy this first issue of Connect, the updated BIC U.S. e-newsletter. Connect is designed to link shared ministry and welcomes your feedback and suggestions. (Click "submit story ideas" below to share potential articles.)

Bryan Hoke Named Atlantic Conference Bishop
The Brethren in Christ Church in the U.S. is pleased to affirm the gifted leadership of Bryan Hoke as the next bishop of the Atlantic Regional Conference, while expressing deep gratitude for the excellent leadership of Pauline Peifer in her role as bishop of the Atlantic Conference throughout these recent years. Read More

Rick Snyder to lead BIC Foundation
National director, Alan Robinson, and the Brethren in Christ Foundation board of directors are pleased to welcome Rick Snyder as chief executive officer of the BIC Foundation, succeeding Elvin Peifer who retired in 2014 after 16 years of faithful and successful service. Read More

BICWM Task Force Updates
How can the BIC U.S. best further the work of missions in the coming years? In 2014, General Conference Board (GCB) approved the formation of a task force to prayerfully reflect on and discuss this important question. Find the latest Task Force summaries on their webpage. Read More

2015 Impact Seminar
Gay marriage and the Church's response to the LGBTQ community are among the most controversial issues of our day. You're invited to join a time of learning and discussion by registering for the 2015 Impact Seminar, Full of Grace and Truth: Homosexuality, the Gospel and the BIC Church. Read More

2014 Annual Report
Read updates on national and international ministry, view the 2014 financials (unaudited), and catch a snapshot of the global BIC church in the 2014 annual report. Read More

Kenbrook Welcomes Executive Director
Sixty-six years ago, a small group of people had a vision for a piece of land by a brook in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. For more than six decades, countless lives have been transformed at Kenbrook - both young and old. This spring, Nick Ressler, who has served as associate pastor of Elizabethtown (Pa.) BIC, will begin as the next executive director of Kenbrook Camp. Read More

Resourcing Short-term Trips
What makes a short-term trip healthy and effective? Vicky Landis, mobilization administrator at BICWM, is available for your congregation and teams to provide training and resources in preparation for short-term trips. She can also support you in the vital work of post-trip reflection. Contact Vicky at or 717-697-2634, x 5407.

Cuba BIC Annual Assembly
"Recently, I was honored to be an invited guest and speaker at the Annual Assembly of the Cuban BIC Church, held March 2-5, 2015. Along with Doug Sider, executive director of BIC Canada, I was there at the invitation of Cuba BIC President, Rev. Francisco Martinez Corcho. It was inspiring to see first-hand what God has done in the Cuban church." Check out Alan Robinson's latest post on Threads. Read More

Dominican Republic Trip Report
"It was a very special time of connecting with brothers from the local church and also with pastors from our denomination . . . unifying and building up BIC bonds, despite cultural differences." Enjoy Southeast Conference bishop Aner Morejon's report on a visit to the Dominican Republic with members from Hanover (Pa.) BIC and various Miami BIC congregations. Read More

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