The Board of Directors is the governing body of the Foundation.
It manages the Brotherhood Loan Fund program and exercises the Foundation’s corporate powers. The number of directors is between 3 and 15, the exact number to be determined in accordance the bylaws of the Foundation. Each member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors is elected to a four-year term by the members of the Foundation except the General Treasurer and National Director (formerly the General Conference Secretary) who are directors of the Foundation by reason of their respective offices. The Foundation’s members consist of the General Conference Board of the Brethren in Christ Church plus persons elected to the Foundation Board of Directors who are not also members of the General Conference Board.
Two members of the Foundation’s Board of Directors are also members of the General Conference Board. They are:
W. Alan Robinson
Occupation: General Conference National Director
Appointed in 2013
Prior to his appointment as National Director, Dr. Robinson served as Senior Pastor of Carlisle Brethren in Christ Church since 1999. Originally from Northern Ireland, Dr. Robinson was active in church planting and pastoral ministry throughout the United Kingdom before arriving in the U.S. Dr. Robinson has served the broader Church by chairing various committees, as Assistant Moderator of Susquehanna Regional Conference and as representative to the National Association of Evangelicals. Dr. Robinson has also served as adjunct faculty at Messiah College, Evangelical Seminary and International Christian College. He earned his diploma in Pastoral Theology from Bethel Bible College, his Bachelor of Arts degree from Manchester University, his Master’s degree in applied theology from Oxford University, his Ph.D. from Indiana University of PA and his Doctor of Ministry degree from the Asbury Theological Seminary. His permanent address is 14 Jennifer Lane, Dillsburg, PA 17019.
Appointed in 2018
Ms. Stout was the Chief Financial Officer for Messiah Lifeways from 2003 until 2014. Prior to being appointed CFO, she served on the Board of Messiah Lifeways. Ms. Stout’s previous experience includes positions as the Executive Director and CEO of the Brethren in Christ Foundation, Vice President and Director of Program Development and Administration, as well as Bank Controller for Keystone Financial Corporation and Assistant Treasurer/Corporate Secretary at Masland Industries, Inc. She currently serves on the General Conference Board of the Brethren in Christ, U.S. and chairs the Finance Committee of the Denomination. Ms. Stout earned her Pennsylvania CPA Certificate in 1977 while working for Ernst and Young and her BS degree in accounting from Elizabethtown College in 1975. Her permanent address is 213 Evergreen Drive, Boiling Springs, PA 17007.
Other Foundation Directors appointed by the members of the Foundation are:
Occupation: Senior Vice President
Appointed in 2016, term expires 2020
Mr. Brummer is employed by Messiah Lifeways located in Mechanicsburg, PA. Mr. Brummer also serves as adjunct faculty at Elizabethtown College, Messiah College, Harrisburg University and Eastern University. Karl received his Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from Messiah College and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Kutztown University. His permanent address is 250 McKnight St, Carlisle, PA 17013.
Occupation: Lead Pastor/President
Re-appointed to a second term in 2018, term expires 2022
Born in Cuba, Mr. Morejon and his family moved to the United States in 1990. Mr. Morejon has been an active member of the BIC family since 1991. He previously served as an officer of the Southeast Conference Board of Directors and was the treasurer from 2010 to 2012. Mr. Morejon is now the liaison between the Southeast Conference churches and the Foundation for all loan requests. Mr. Morejon currently serves as the lead Pastor for Zion Church BIC. Mr. Morejon is also the president of Divine Consulting, a firm specializing in the House of Worship market focusing on the areas of Audio-Visual and Organizational Management. Mr. Morejon holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Management) from Florida International University and is pursuing a Masters in Theological Studies from Houston Baptist University. His permanent address is 2060 SW 115th Terr., Miramar, FL 33025.
Rodney L. Musser
Occupation: Executive Vice President, Human Resources
Re-appointed to a third term in 2018, term expires in 2022
Mr. Musser is responsible for all Human Resources and Payroll services for the North America division of for Securitas Security Services. He was part of the church planting team for New Community Brethren in Christ Church in 1987 and in 2006 joined the church planting team for GracePoint Brethren in Christ Church in Ontario, CA. Mr. Musser currently serves as treasurer and small group leader at GracePoint as well as serving on the Brethren in Christ Board of Trustees for Messiah College. Mr. Musser previously served on the Board for World Missions for 14 years. Mr. Musser is a graduate of Messiah College (B.S. Mathematics) and Ashland Theological Seminary (M.A. Biblical Studies). His permanent residence is 6 Country Ridge Road, Pomona, CA 91766.
Ronald D. Niesley
Occupation: Tax Accountant
Re-appointed to a second term in 2016, term expires in 2020
Mr. Niesley has been in the accounting industry for 43 years and has owned and operated his own tax accounting practice since 1998 and is employed part time in the tax department of Taylor Corporation, a Minnesota corporation. He is a member of Fairview Brethren in Christ Church. Mr. Niesley has served as treasurer for Memorial Holiness Camp and as a member of his local school district Finance Review Committee. He has previously held positions on the Fairview Church Board and deacon team, Great Lakes Regional Conference Board and the General Conference Board. Mr. Niesley is a graduate of Messiah College with a BS in Business Administration. His permanent address is 11853 Old Mill Road, Union, OH 45322.
William G. Strausbaugh
Occupation: Vice President for Information Technology and Associate Provost
Appointed in 2019, term expires 2023
Dr. Strausbaugh is employed by Messiah College located in Grantham, PA. Bill also serves as a board member for The Tide and CCCU’s Commission on Technology. Dr. Strausbaugh previously served as a board member at Mechanicsburg BIC, the Susquehanna Regional Conference and the General Conference Board of the BIC U.S. Bill received his Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Messiah College, a Master’s degree in Computer Science and his Ed.D in Higher Education. His permanent address is 883 Hawthorn Avenue, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.
Appointed in 2018, term expires in 2022
Rev. Wenger serves as the Pastor for Mechanicsburg Community Church (MCC) in Mechanicsburg, PA. Prior to founding MCC, Chad served as Youth Pastor at Mechanicsburg BIC Church for 7 years. Chad was employed in the business community for seven years after college graduation. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Messiah College and is currently enrolled in the Masters in Religion program at Evangelical Seminary. His permanent residence is 1113 Granada Lane, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.
The non-employed executive officers of the Foundation elected biennially from among the Foundation’s directors are as follows:
Ronald D. Niesley — President (Chair)
William G. Strausbaugh — Vice President (Vice Chair)
Karl Brummer — Secretary/Treasurer
The Foundation’s Board of Directors also appoints employees as Executive Director and Controller. James R. Reynolds serves as Executive Director and David Fish serves as Controller.
James R. Reynolds
Occupation: Executive Director, Brethren in Christ Foundation, Inc., since November 1, 2017
Mr. Reynolds served as the Controller of the Foundation from 2006 until his appointment as Executive Director. From 1987 to 2006 served as Director of Finance, Pennsylvania School Boards Association Insurance Trust. Mr. Reynolds served as Accounting Manager and Controller for a variety of businesses prior to joining PSBA. Mr. Reynolds completed his Accounting education at Delaware Tech in Georgetown, DE. A member of Centenary United Methodist Church, Steelton, PA, Mr. Reynolds is a past Chair of the Church Council and has served on the Board of Trustees, Council on Ministries and as Vice President of the Men’s Club. His permanent residence is 7855 Manor Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17112.
Occupation: Controller, Brethren in Christ Foundation, Inc., since September 1, 2018
Mr. Fish served as an Auditor with Capin Crouse LLP from June 2014 through August 2018 and was an intern with the Foundation from August 2012 through April 2013. Mr. Fish graduated from Messiah College and obtained his CPA license in Connecticut. He attends Mechanicsburg Brethren in Christ Church. His permanent address is 5 Enck Drive, Boiling Springs, PA 17007.
The Foundation’s Account Officer and Director of Advancement assist in the operation of the Brotherhood Loan Fund, including the offer and sale of the debt securities offered by the Foundation.
Kimberly J. Lehman
Occupation: Account Officer, Brethren in Christ Foundation Inc., since January 1992
From July 1990 through December 1991, Mrs. Lehman served as the Trust Officer for the Foundation. She is a member of Cross Roads Brethren in Christ Church where she serves as a treasurer’s assistant. Mrs. Lehman attended Messiah College.
John H. Burns
Occupation: Director of Advancement, Brethren in Christ Foundation, Inc., since June 14, 2010
From June 1987 through June 2010, Mr. Burns worked for Henry Company, a manufacturing firm, in Research and Development in a variety of roles, eventually rising to Technical Director. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. Mr. Burns is a member of Summit View Brethren in Christ Church in New Holland, PA, where he teaches adult Sunday School classes and is a former member of the Church Board.