Grace Brethren North American Missions (GBNAM) today announced the appointment of Nelson L. Peters, of the Grace Brethren Church of Lititz, PA, as the senior advancement officer for GBNAM. Peters will work in the areas of fundraising and donor relations, building and strengthening partnerships for establishing churches throughout North America.
His work experience spans a period of 37 years, and includes corporate employment with a Fortune 250 company, consulting service with a major manufacturer, and a CRM consulting business. He served in leadership roles for strategic projects and operational effectiveness processes, both on the manufacturing and operational levels. This included the oversight of projects for multi-million dollar capital investments and process improvement plans both in North America and Europe.
Peters’ experience enabled him to interact with people in various cultures and leadership levels to build relationships and to achieve success in their business goals and to serve the Lord as a tentmaker in Europe. The tentmaking employment opportunity in England allowed him to further develop a global perspective, a biblical worldview, and a growing passion to serve the Lord and to share His good news.
Peters served as an Elder of the Lititz Grace Brethren Church (1983 – 1987) and after returning from Europe, as chairman of the Missions Committee (1993 -1998). He was a member of Grace Brethren International Missions Board of Trustees (1997 – 2000) and a board member and officer of the Northern Atlantic Missions, Inc. Board (1998 – 2005).
He served with GBNAM’s Northeast Region Coordinator to develop and serve as a member of the Strategic Steering Advisory Board for the church planting initiatives (2000-2005), and was president of the Northern Atlantic Missions, Inc. (2005 – 2006).
He served on the Warwick School District Strategic Planning Team as the co-chair for the Industry and Community Team (1998), served as a community representative on the Warwick School Board’s Education Committee (2003 – 2005), and he currently serves as strategic consultant to the Development Director for the Lititz Community Center, Major Donors (2006).
During his leadership of the mission committee at the Lititz Grace Brethren Church, Peters was significantly involved in the assistance of raising financial support for European mission team members and vision-casting of missions for North America and GBIM. He also assisted in fundraisers for both local not-for-profit organizations and statewide political campaigns.
Peters’ wife, Janet, is a Supervisor, Account Service with Susquehanna Bancshares, Inc. Both enjoy the ministry of service at Grace Church Lititz and with the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. They have a married daughter, Michele, two granddaughters, and two grandsons.