College campus ministry InterVarsity Christian Fellowship has brought on its first Asian American president, Tom Lin, who will begin his term August 10, 2016. Lin has served as the vice president and director for missions for the organization since 2011 and directed its Urbana conference in 2012 and 2015. He began his career with IVF in 1994, planting chapters in universities and going overseas to start college ministries in Mongolia. He holds degrees from Harvard and Fuller Seminary. He will lead more than 40,000 college students, 38 percent of whom identify as an ethnic minority, according to Christianity Daily.
Mercy Ships is celebrating Volunteers Week June 1-12, 2016 to recognize the volunteers who have served the organization over the last 38 years. The international charity operates the world’s largest floating hospital, named Africa Mercy. More than 21 million people in the UK volunteer with the organization at least once a year, which contributes an estimated 23.9 billion pounds to the UK economy. The charity hospital ship delivers free healthcare to countries where medical services are most needed, and since its founding in 1978, Mercy Ships have served in more than 451 ports. Africa Mercy is currently docked in Madagascar, which has only 2 physicians and 3 hospital beds per every 10,000 people, Charity Today reports.
Bethany Christian Services has announced its new VP of Finance, Scott DeVries, formerly director of finance for the organization. DeVries has more than 30 years of experience in finance and has been an employee at Bethany since 2001, having also served as an accounting manager there. The Grand Rapids-based organization seeks to protect and enhance the lives of children and families through counseling, family preservation, foster care, adoption, youth services, and more, according to Grand Rapids Business Journal.
The Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA), which seeks to help New York City’s most vulnerable, has tapped Denise Nelson as its new Chief Development and Communications Officer, according to a news release. Nelson most recently led the development efforts for Eagle Academy Foundation and PENCIL, two leading educational organizations. During her 18 years of experience, she also served as Associate Vice President of Major Gifts for United Way of NYC.
Philadelphia-based Broad Street Ministry, which seeks to establish a more just world through civic engagement, has named a new executive director, Michael J. Dahl. He joins Broad Street from Pew Charitable Trusts, where he worked for 15 years and currently serves as senior vice president of the Philadelphia Program, Technology and Planning, according to the Philadelphia Business Journal. He replaces Rev. Bill Golderer, who resigned last fall to focus on a congressional run. Dahl takes over the role June 13, 2016.