Similar to the ways a pastor leads their congregation, Leadership Council provides day-to-day leadership and support for our pastors and missionaries.
This council is composed of the BIC U.S. national director, director of BIC U.S. Shared Services, director of BIC U.S. World Missions, and bishops from each regional conference.
Alan has been serving as national director of Brethren in Christ U.S. since 2013.
Alan’s journey to the BIC family begins in his home country of Northern Ireland. Coming to personal faith at a young age through an Independent Methodist Church and discerning a call to pastoral ministry, Alan has served as a church planter and pastor across the United Kingdom. Along the way, he received a bachelor’s degree from Nazarene Theological College of Manchester University in 1993 and a master’s degree in applied theology from the University of Oxford in 1997.
Following his graduation from the University of Oxford, Alan and his family moved to the U.S. while he pursued a doctor of ministry at Asbury Theological Seminary. It was during this time that he first heard of the Brethren in Christ. In 1999, Alan became senior pastor of Carlisle (Pa.) BIC (now The Meeting House – Carlisle Campus).
Alan has been involved in BIC Church life in many ways — as chair of the Commission on Ministry and Doctrine, chair and faculty member of Equipping for Ministry, assistant moderator for the Susquehanna Conference, and representative to the National Association of Evangelicals. In addition to his doctorate from Asbury Seminary, he also earned his Ph.D. in administration and leadership from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2012.
Alan lives in Dillsburg, Pa., with his wife, Sharon. They have two adult daughters and two grandchildren. Other than ministry, Alan’s main passion is soccer, having refereed and officiated at the college level for more than 20 years. To stay in shape for his referee work, Alan enjoys running and has participated in many marathons, including a 50-mile ultramarathon.
Perry has been serving as bishop of the Midwest and Pacific Conferences since 2002.
Before his appointment as bishop, Perry was a church planter and founding co-pastor of New Community BIC, Chino, Calif., where he pastored for 15 years.
In his role as bishop, Perry brings a passion for peace and justice, advocating for women in ministry, culturally relevant communication, and radical renewal for the Church. Perry is an active leader at both the BIC’s regional and denominational levels, lending his gifts of communication and humor to each task.
Perry lives with his wife, Marta in Ontario, Calif., where they attend GracePoint (Calif.) BIC. When not busy with his duties as bishop, Perry enjoys writing, hanging out in his garden, and camping at the beach with his family.
Bryan has been serving as bishop of the Atlantic Conference since 2015.
An active member of the Brethren in Christ U.S. since childhood, Bryan grew up in Pennsylvania. As a young adult wanting to impact the lives of others, he earned a bachelor’s degree in family studies from Messiah College and later a master of divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary.
Bryan has more than 15 years of pastoral experience spanning across three BIC conferences. His ministry includes stops in Lawrenceville, Ga., as a bi-vocational pastor; Carlisle, Pa., on the pastoral staff of a large congregation; and Hummelstown, Pa., as senior pastor of a nontraditional church. He has also served on numerous conference and denominational boards, including the Southeast Conference as treasurer and the Atlantic Conference as a representative on the Commission on Ministry and Doctrine.
Bryan lives just north of Hershey, Pa., with his wife, Kerry, and three daughters, Jordyn, Kylie, and Madelyn. He relaxes by playing and watching sports, working around the house, or grabbing the latest movie from Redbox. Much to the dismay of his friends, Bryan is a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan.
Ken has been serving as bishop of the Susquehanna Conference since 2012.
The son of Brethren in Christ missionaries in India, Ken spent much of his childhood outside North America. Coming to faith in Christ at an early age, he began focusing on God’s call to full-time pastoral ministry at Messiah College.
While attending Ashland Theological Seminary, Ken served as a youth pastor at the now-closed Sippo Valley (Ohio) BIC, and, later, filled a three-year appointment as senior pastor at Ashland (Ohio) BIC. In 1975, Ken accepted a position as associate pastor at Carlisle (Pa.) BIC, now The Meeting House – Carlisle Campus. He would go on to serve Carlisle BIC for 23 years, the final 11 as senior pastor.
After concluding his pastoral ministry at Carlisle BIC in 1998, Ken worked as general secretary of the BIC U.S. for the next six years. More recently, he has served the Church in a variety of leadership roles: as regional administrator in South Asia for BIC U.S. World Missions since 2003; as executive director of the International Brethren in Christ Association (IBICA) from 2010 to 2012, and as a professor for the denomination’s Equipping for Ministry program.
Ken and his wife, Carol, have three grown children, Bryan, Steve, and Julie.
Jonathan has been serving as director for BIC U.S. World Missions since 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, he later studied engineering at Messiah College, receiving a bachelor’s degree in 1996 and working as a mechanical engineer and project manager for a firm in Carlisle, Pa.
Jonathan was first introduced to Brethren in Christ U.S. World Missions through his wife, Erica, whom he married in 2002. Through BIC U.S. World Missions, they deployed in 2005 to Malawi, Africa, as church planters in a rural Muslim community. Jonathan later served 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.
After returning to Pennsylvania December 2010, Jonathan served as HR manager for BIC U.S. World Missions, as well as the director of finance and HR for the Brethren in Christ U.S. In January 2016, Jonathan transitioned to his role as director of BIC U.S. World Missions.
Jonathan and Erica live in Newville, Pa., along with their four children.
Mitch has been serving as director of BIC U.S. finance and shared services since 2017.
An accounting graduate of Messiah College, Mitch specialized in churches and faith-based nonprofits as an auditor at public accounting firm Hamilton & Musser, P.C. for five years. He is a certified public accountant and a certified fraud examiner.
With his niche in nonprofits and training as a CPA, Mitch joined BIC U.S. first as assistant controller of the BIC Foundation summer 2016. When Rick Snyder — director of BIC U.S. shared services and CEO of the BIC Foundation — retired end of July, Mitch led as interim director of BIC U.S. finance and shared services.
Late November 2017, General Conference Board approved Mitch as director of finance and shared services. As a former auditor of faith-based nonprofits and churches, Mitch is excited about the opportunity to help local congregations operate with excellence.
Mitch and his wife, Sarah, worship at Mechanicsburg Brethren in Christ Church, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, where Sarah leads as director of preschool ministries and Mitch served on the board of directors and in the congregation’s youth ministry. Mitch also serves on the Messiah Lifeways board of directors.
Aner has been serving as bishop of Spanish-speaking congregations in the Southeast Conference since 2012.
At an early age, Aner was introduced to Christ through his parents — both pastors in the Church of the Nazarene in Havana, Cuba. Baptized at 12, he was called to ministry at 18. After working as the youth pastor for a church in Camaguey, Cuba, he returned to Havana to finish his studies at Seminario Teológico Nazareno Cubano.
A year after moving to the U.S., Aner joined a BIC ministry that has grown to become Maranatha BIC, Hialeah, Fla., now a thriving congregation of Spanish-speaking believers. For 21 years, Aner served as senior pastor at Maranatha BIC.
An influential leader in Miami’s faith community, Aner serves on the board of directors for the Greater Miami Ministers Association — assuming the role of president from 2009 to 2010. A member of the reference committee for Mennonite Central Committee, Aner is also a leader of an interdenominational prayer group consisting of 18 pastors from various churches in Hialeah.
Aner and his wife, Vivian, have two grown children, Anler and Magbys, and three grandchildren.
Rob has been serving as bishop of the Allegheny Conference since 2002.
A third-generation member of the Brethren in Christ, Rob is a graduate of Messiah College and the U.S. Air Force’s Officer Training School and Squadron Officer School.
Prior to his appointment as bishop, Rob pastored Canoe Creek BIC, Hollidaysburg, Pa., for 12 years. During his time at Canoe Creek BIC, Rob also served the denomination as a board member for BIC U.S. World Missions and was very active in the Allegheny Conference’s growth and church-planting initiatives.
A motivated leader with a big vision, Rob is passionate about prayer and helping to strengthen the body of Christ. He senses that the denomination has historically enjoyed God’s favor and believes that as we seek him with sincere hearts, God’s blessings will continue to pour out.
Rob and his wife, Daryl, live in Bedford, Pa., and have three children and three grandchildren.
Lynn has been serving as bishop of the Great Lakes Conference since 2016.
Graduating with a master of divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1978, Lynn first served as a senior pastor at Fairview Avenue BIC, Waynesboro, Pa. In 1991, he accepted the role of senior pastor at Gateway Community Church, a BIC U.S. congregation in Chino, Calif., where he worked until his appointment as bishop.
In 2004, Lynn became an adjunct professor at Azusa Pacific University. Author of Soaring Hope: Imagining Life As It Ought To Be, he currently teaches several BIC U.S. Directed Study Program courses.
Lynn and his wife, Carol, have four grown children and two grandchildren. An avid sports fan, he enjoys teaching and serving in church leadership.