Dear EFM partners,
I have some very exciting news to share with you! After a long and thorough search process, the EFM Board has asked Stan Leach to join the EFM team as our new Executive Director. I’m sure that Stan is no stranger to many of you. He has served the Friends Church for many years in several different capacities, as a missionary in Guatemala and Honduras, the General Superintendent of EFC Southwest, and as a member of the EFM Board. Most recently Stan has served as President and Founder of Equipping Leader Ministries, Inc. Stan brings a wealth of ministry experience and expertise to this role. More importantly, the Board believes that Stan is a man of great character who loves the Lord and His Church and who is uniquely called to lead EFM at this time.
Stan joins a great team, which includes Dan Cammack (Field Director) and Matt Macy (Director of Mobilization), a very gifted and devoted support staff, and not least of all, our missionaries on the field. I know that many of you have been praying for the Board as we have gone through this search process. Thank you. I believe God has been faithful to answer those prayers by leading us to a place of great confidence and genuine unity.
Please pray for Stan and his wife, Sandi, as he steps into this new role. He will officially begin on August 1. I know he is anxious to get started; and I am very excited to see how God continues to use EFM to make disciples of Jesus and gather them into churches all around the world in this next chapter of ministry.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
I am thanking the Lord for how he has been at work in the selection of a new executive director for EFM. I am very pleased with the decision the EFM Board has made in choosing Stan Leach to be in that role.
As a former missionary to Central America, Stan has personal experience with carrying out the Great Commission. As a former superintendent, he has developed skills in leading organizations and building relationships. As a former member of the EFM Board (for over 10 years), he helped shape the mission and vision of EFM. And as the former director of Evangelical Friends Church-North America, he is well acquainted with all the regions/yearly meetings in the U.S. that are part of this joint missions effort called EFM. All of this will allow Stan to hit the ground running when he starts work in August.
Matt Macy and I are looking forward to moving into the new roles Rusty mentioned in his message. We and the Board believe that these roles will help EFM grow in its capacity to take good care of our missionaries, to mobilize more people in support of the Great Commission, to send more missionaries, and to launch more new fields.
EFM could not do what it does without your prayers and financial support. Thank you for your partnership in the gospel of Jesus Christ!
|Dear EFM partners,
My heart is marked with a deep appreciation for the Church. This love has been nurtured since boyhood by Friends churches. I am grateful to serve the people who have so deeply invested in my life.
I am grateful for EFM’s missionaries. Their passion and sacrifice inspire me. It is an honor to serve them.
I am grateful for the vision that inspires EFM – Friends churches in North America working together to fuel a world-wide church planting movement. The Five-Year Goal is a God-sized assignment. But, what a privilege to pursue it together.
God is at work. His character is to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine. Since that is true, our best days are ahead of us. I’m grateful and excited to walk into this future together.
Stanley David Leach