New York, NY – March 29, 2018
Having served the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) for the past decade as its Director for Leadership Development and Director of the Leadership Institute, Dr. Rob Brynjolfson accepted an invitation to head up the global expansion of a leadership program at a Canadian-based Seminary. The WEA family expresses its deep gratitude for his many years of faithful service and the important contributions he made, especially in the area of Alliance Development.
Bp Efraim Tendero, Secretary General of the WEA, said: “We are very thankful for what Rob has brought to the WEA, his wisdom and insight, his passion to see Evangelical Alliances strengthened through training, and his contribution to the overall direction of the WEA as part of the Senior Leadership Team. We will miss him much and wish him God’s rich blessings for his new role.”
Starting in April, Dr Brynjolfson will be directing the global expansion of the ‘Immerse’ program at Northwest Baptist Seminary in Langley, BC, Canada. It is a competency and context-based non-traditional program that allows Christian leaders to obtain an accredited degree while serving in their local ministry.
While with the WEA, Dr. Brynjolfson has focused on the development of the WEA Leadership Institute curriculum, a specialized training program for Evangelical Alliance leaders with core courses on Building Strong Partnerships, Effective Public Engagement, Association Leadership Essentials. As part of the Alliance Development Department, he was also overseeing the WEA Resources Site and he was instrumental in the creation of the Evangelical Alliance Development Indicator tool that helps Alliances self-evaluate and identify their strengths, but also areas with more potential to develop.
Dr. Rob Brynjolfson teaching at the Fellowship of Emerging Leaders Program 2017.
More recently, he headed up the Fellowship of Emerging Leaders (FEL) program, a 12-week onsite training program held in Dover, NY, in which 10 younger leaders from Evangelical Alliances in eight countries participated. And with his missionary background in Latin America, he was well-positioned to serve as liaison to the Latin Evangelical Alliance and the various Spanish-speaking Evangelical Alliances in the region.
Commenting on the transition to his new role, Dr. Brynjolfson said: “I am very grateful that I was allowed to serve alongside great colleagues and friends, and I remain convinced that the WEA is very strategic for the advancement of the Kingdom of God. I believe there is clear alignment between my new role and the valuable experience I gained at the WEA, and I do hope to remain engaged with some aspects of the WEA network, such as the WEA Mission Commission.”
Over two billion Christians in the world today are represented by three world church bodies. The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) is one of those, serving more than 600 million evangelicals. Launched in 1846 to unite evangelicals worldwide, the WEA continues to be a dynamic movement with 7 regional and 129 national Evangelical Alliances, and over 150 member organizations. WEA's mission is to establish and strengthen regional and national Evangelical Alliances, who in turn enable their national Church to advance the Good News of Jesus Christ and effect personal and community transformation for the glory of God. For more info, e-mail [email protected] or go to Worldea.org.