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[PCUSANEWS] Mission Initiative staff, member

Date 19 Feb 2003 15:35:33 -0500

Note #7593 from PCUSA NEWS to PRESBYNEWS:

Mission Initiative staff, member

Mission Initiative staff, member 

Pastor of big Houston church joins steering committee

by Jerry L. Van Marter

The steering committee for the Mission Initiative (MI) - the $40 million
campaign to raise funds for overseas missionaries and church development in
this country, particularly racial ethnic and immigrant communities - has
ramped up for its upcoming second meeting by putting together most of its
staff and adding a Texas pastor to the committee.

Ron Lundeen, one of America's top non-profit fund-raisers, a former
development officer at San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS), was hired
last fall to direct the campaign.

In recent weeks, he has hired four additional staffers: Jan Opdyke, a former
SFTS development officer based in southern California, who will head up MI
fund-raising in the West; the Rev. Amy McClain, formerly special assistant to
the director of the Worldwide Ministries Division in Louisville, who will
direct fund-raising efforts in the Central part of the country; the Rev.
Vicki Fogel Mykles, a free-lance graphic artist and designer in Fort Collins,
CO, who will handle graphic design and promotional materials; and Rebecca
Rastocny, once an administrative assistant in WMD, who will be the same for
the MI.

Lundeen is still searching for a funds-development officer for the Eastern
United States. Opdyke and Fogel Mykles were part of his SFTS team that raised
about $15 million for a capital campaign there.

Bill Saul, of Long Beach, CA, the co-chair of the MI steering committee,
announced recently that the Rev. David Peterson, pastor of 4,000-member
Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church in Houston, has been added to the
committee. During their first meeting in November, committee members
expressed a desire to recruit an evangelical large-church pastor, ideally
from Texas, a state with a large population of Presbyterians.

The second meeting of the MI steering committee is scheduled for Feb. 25-26
in Long Beach.

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