“I am excited to use my financial acumen to serve alongside pastors and churches who have vision to do new things,” said Adam Lenon, who recently started a new role at Grace Brethren Investment Foundation (GBIF).
GBIF is a national ministry of the Charis Fellowship and assists churches and ministries with financing and loans to enable them to continue and expand their Gospel mission and witness. Adam has worked in finance for more than a decade, and he began his role as director of credit services at GBIF in August 2021. He has since spent time getting acquainted with the churches and ministries within the Fellowship that GBIF serves.
“When presented with the opportunity to work with the GBIF team, the role immediately sounded like a great fit,” Adam said. “Having grown up in and around the Charis Fellowship, the connection of GBIF to the Fellowship was one of the most important aspects of deciding to take on this role. After spending the better part of the last decade in corporate finance and accounting roles, it was great to be able to shift my professional focus to serving the church that means so much to me.”
In this new role, Adam will primarily be a conduit between churches and GBIF to facilitate next steps. This will include connected with churches who want to move forward with a project, providing ongoing support for current loans, and reviewing follow up activities for open loans. Adam will work closely with Ryan Bowell, who recently handed this role off to Adam when he moved into the CEO position.
“We are super pleased to have Adam join our team,” Ryan said, “Even though relatively new to the position, his contributions have already had an impact. His previous work experience and commitment to the church have positioned him well to serve at GBIF.”
Adam, originally from Warsaw, Ind., grew up within the Charis Fellowship. As a teen he participated in Momentum Ministry Partners’ Travel Teams (formerly Operation Barnabas) and Youth Conference. “I am looking forward to reconnecting with those people who are still involved in the Fellowship,” he said.
Adam and his wife, Krysta, have four sons ages three to nine, and are expecting their fifth child in April 2022. They attend Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, a Charis Fellowship congregation in northern Indiana (Kip Cone, lead pastor) and are involved in a variety of ministries there.