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 from 1999 until 2013. 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 University, Evangelical Seminary, and International Christian College, Glasgow, Scotland. 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 business address is 431 Grantham Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.
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 business address is 431 Grantham Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.
Other Foundation Directors appointed by the members of the Foundation are:
Occupation: President and CEO
Re-appointed to a second term in 2020, term expires 2024
Mr. Brummer is employed by Messiah Lifeways located in Mechanicsburg, PA. Mr. Brummer also serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Messiah Homes. He has served as adjunct faculty at Elizabethtown College, Messiah University, and Harrisburg University. Karl received his Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from Messiah University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Kutztown University. His business address is 431 Grantham Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.
Occupation: Lead Pastor/President
Re-appointed to a third term in 2022, term expires 2026
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. 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 a Masters in Theological Studies from Houston Baptist University. His business address is 431 Grantham Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.
Ronald D. Niesley
Occupation: Tax Accountant
Re-appointed to a third term in 2020, term expires in 2024
Mr. Niesley has been in the accounting industry for 45 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 business address is 431 Grantham Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.
Occupation: Executive Director
Appointed in 2022, term expires in 2026
Mr. Spear has served as Executive Director of Roxbury Camp and Conference Center since 2011. Prior to 2011, he served as Youth Pastor in Michigan. Mr. Spear earned his bachelor’s degree at Hobe Sound Bible College. His business address is 431 Grantham Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.
William G. Strausbaugh
Re-appointed to a second term in 2023, term expires in 2027
Dr. Strausbaugh was formerly employed by Messiah University located in Grantham, PA as Vice President for Information Technology and Associate Provost Emeritus. In addition to his service on the BIC Foundation Board, Bill also serves as an active board member for The Gospel Tide. Dr. Strausbaugh previously served as a board member at Mechanicsburg BIC Church, the Susquehanna Regional Conference and the General Conference Board of the BIC U.S. Bill received his Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Messiah University, a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Villanova University and his D. Ed. in Higher Education from The Pennsylvania State University. His business address is 431 Grantham Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.
The non-employed executive officers of the Foundation elected biennially from among the Foundation’s directors are as follows:
William G. Strausbaugh — President (Chair)
Ronald D. Niesley — 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 Mt. Calvary United Methodist Church, Harrisburg, PA. Mr. Reynolds serves as Financial Secretary. He also serves as Vice President of the CD Girls Soccer Boosters. While a member of Centenary United Methodist Church he served as Chair of the Church Council, Board of Trustees president, Council on Ministries board member and as Vice President of the Men’s Club. His business address is 431 Grantham Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.
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 Brethren in Christ Foundation from August 2012 through April 2013. Mr. Fish graduated from Messiah University and obtained his CPA license in Pennsylvania. He attends Mechanicsburg Brethren in Christ Church. His business address is 431 Grantham Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.
The Foundation’s Director of Operations and Account Officer assist in the operation of the Brotherhood Loan Fund, including the offer and sale of the debt securities offered by the Foundation.
John H. Burns
Occupation: Loan Officer and Director of Operations, 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 leads a small group, teaches adult classes, and is a former member of the Church Board. His business address is 431 Grantham Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.
Occupation: Account Officer, Brethren in Christ Foundation, Inc., since September 16, 2021
Mr. Kleckner served as Corporate Recruiter for Select Medical, Inc. from April 2015 through September 2021. Prior to joining Select Medical, he was employed by Computer Aid, Inc. as a Technical Recruiter. Mr. Kleckner graduated from Geneva College with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a focus on Marketing in 2013. Mr. Kleckner is also active with a local soccer club serving as coach. He attends Mechanicsburg Brethren in Christ Church. His business address is 431 Grantham Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.