World Evangelical Alliance Leadership Institute welcomes new director

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July 21, 2010

Contact Information:

Marion Uzac, Press Secretary. Email: [email protected]
Sylvia Soon, Chief of Staff. Email: [email protected]

The World Evangelical Alliance Leadership Institute (WEA LI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Rob Brynjolfson as its new director. 

Dr. Brynjolfson is current Academic Dean of the WEA LI and has been intimately involved with it from its inception, creating its website and co-developing many of its leadership courses. He assumes his new role effective immediately.

The International Director of the World Evangelical Alliance, Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe, welcomed Dr. Brynjolfson to his new role. 

He said: “I am delighted to appoint Dr. Rob Brynjolfson as the new director of the WEA Leadership Institute. Dr. Brynjolfson brings great vision, passion and skill to the role, and I believe that under his leadership the Institute will flourish as it seeks to equip leaders from around the world.”

Mr. Gordon Showell-Rogers, the Associate International Director of the WEA, also welcomed Dr. Brynjolfson and agreed that the institute will continue to grow under his leadership.

“Under Rob Brynjolfson’s leadership, the Leadership Institute will equip thousands of leaders globally to lead Evangelical Alliances,” said Mr. Showell-Rogers. “It is the best training resource that has ever been designed specifically for these Alliance leaders – and it is already meeting needs of others within the WEA’s wider constituency. I warmly welcome this good news of Dr Brynjolfson’s appointment’’

Dr. Tunnicliffe praised outgoing director Dr. Jonathan Lewis, who is stepping down in order to focus more fully on his first calling, that of developing the missionary movement from Latin America. 

He said: “Dr. Lewis helped lay a strong foundation for the Institute, through rigorous research, course development and vision-casting.”

Dr. Lewis will continue in his role as Associate Director of the International Missionary Training Network, which exists to strengthen missionary training programs around the globe.  He will also continue to assist the WEA LI’s work with national Evangelical Alliances in Latin America especially. 

Dr. Lewis and his wife Dawn have in recent years constructed a collaborative platform for graduate missiological studies, including founding and developing a mission training center in Cordoba, Argentina, and participating in consultations with the WEA Mission Commission’s continental affiliate COMIBAM. 

The WEA LI was founded in 2008 with a vision to consolidate the work of national Evangelical Alliances by providing them with effective leadership development programs and resources.

World Evangelical Alliance (WEA): World Evangelical Alliance is made up of 128 national evangelical alliances located in 7 regions and 104 associate member organizations. The vision of WEA is to extend the Kingdom of God by making disciples of all nations and by Christ-centered transformation within society. WEA exists to foster Christian unity, to provide an identity, voice and platform for the 420 million evangelical Christians worldwide.