At the annual corporation meeting of the Brethren Missionary Herald Co. (BMH) on July 27, in Columbus, Ohio, BMH board chair Dr. Todd Scoles announced that Liz Cutler Gates will succeed Terry White as executive director of BMH, effective January 1, 2010.
Scoles reported that White had requested some time ago that the board begin a search for a successor, and after a lengthy and thorough process the board unanimously selected Gates, who first had served on the BMH board and has now been on staff as editorial director for the past two years. Originally from the Wooster, Ohio, Gates has undergraduate and graduate degrees from Grace College and Ball State University.
She was a newspaper reporter, served in a public relations/communication post for Grace Brethren Home Missions Council (later known as Grace Brethren North American Missions), and for more than a decade directed communications for the law school at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, where she also was part of the Grace Brethren Church of Columbus, Ohio.
In making his announcement, Scoles said, “Liz brings a powerful combination of experiences in the fields of communication and journalism, inside knowledge of the mission and operations of BMH, and an extensive network of relationships within the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. We believe God has prepared her to lead BMH in its continuing purpose to nurture Great Commission teamwork between the people and churches of the FGBC. Please pray for and encourage her as she assumes her new responsibilities in January 2010.”