We are pleased to introduce our new Development Officer, Mark Templeton.
This new role was created in part to support the growth coming out of Project 250, an initiative to guide us as we approach our 250th anniversary in 2028. “The priorities outlined in Project 250 are significant, and they will certainly stretch us in many ways,” says Alan Robinson, National Director of BIC U.S. “One of these ways will be the financial resources needed, especially for church multiplication and planting. Thus, we created this new role and are very excited to have Mark in it.”
Mark brings a rounded skill set that includes work in sales, human resources, and development, most recently in Messiah University’s Office of Development. His accumulated work experiences have cultivated a keen ability to listen to and understand the needs and desires of those with whom he is working.
“I am inspired by the generosity of those who support the various ministries of BIC U.S.,” Mark says. “I hope to share information about the benefits of supporting these ministries through different types of gifts made through estate planning.”
He explains that supporting ministry through estate plans, bequests, and structured donations are simple and can maximize gifts to loved ones while also funding programs and missions. “Everyone is able to create a legacy, regardless of their resources. Just like the widow’s mite, each gift can be used and multiplied,” he says.
His heart for ministry and missional outreach inspires him to work toward establishing a strong foundation for continued ministry and world evangelism through BIC U.S. Mark feels that it is his role to listen and share options and ideas, not to pressure. He shares that it is the Holy Spirit that prompts the heart of the donor, and that he is blessed to be a part of the giving process.
Mark also desires to increase awareness of how Common Ministry funds each of the five priorities that make up Project 250. He says, “while we all have missionaries and ministries within the BIC that we feel strongly about, it is important to know that financial support of Common Ministry provides the operational resources that keep all of these missions and ministries moving forward.”
Mark lives in Middletown, Pa. with his wife Dawn. They have two adult daughters who are in graduate school preparing for careers in nutrition and Bible translation. Mark and Dawn are active in music ministry with several worship teams in the area, having served in the past at Elizabethtown BIC, Mechanicsburg BIC, and a BIC church plant in Hummelstown, Pa. Mark is active in the local recovery community, and enjoys golf, bicycling, reading, and travel.
Mark Templeton, Development Officer
Contact Mark to learn more about the many ways you can support Brethren in Christ U.S.