Bryce Wiebe, a Presbyterian justice advocate and Christian educator, has been named manager of Special Offerings for the Presbyterian Mission Agency.
Wiebe currently works for the Presbyterian Hunger Program, where for the past 18 months he has served as associate for Enough for Everyone. In that position, he led efforts to help Presbyterians engage their faith through lifestyle changes and consumer choices.
Prior to joining the Hunger Program staff, he was director of Christian education at First Presbyterian Church in New Haven, Conn. At First Presbyterian he developed educational materials, wrote children’s plays, created worship experiences, and led Bible studies that emphasized economic justice.
Wiebe ‘s professional experience also includes serving as executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hastings, Neb., a position he held before beginning ministry studies at Yale Divinity School. He earned a master of divinity degree from Yale and a bachelor of arts in music and business administration from Hastings College.
As manager of Special Offerings, Wiebe will lead a four-member staff responsible for promoting the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s four Special Offerings and the causes they support. The four offerings include One Great Hour of Sharing, Pentecost, Peace and Global Witness, and Christmas Joy. Wiebe assumes his new role March 2.
“Bryce brings to this position a heartfelt passion for the ministries supported by Special Offerings, an informed knowledge of our church, and an insightful perspective on how Presbyterians live out their faith,” says Terri Bate, senior director of Funds Development for the Presbyterian Mission Agency. “I look forward to working with him as he uses his gifts to further Christ’s work in the United States and around the world.”
Linda Valentine, executive director of the agency, adds: “Bryce brings strong ministry experience and enthusiasm for engaging support to Special Offerings. The offerings are a way that the whole church witnesses collectively to the love of God, supporting ministries that address root causes of poverty, bring hope and healing to people suffering from natural disasters and human violence, advance peacemaking, advocate for justice, and provide opportunities for young people and assistance for faithful servants of the church.” She urged Presbyterians to support the upcoming One Great Hour of Sharing offering, which is received by most congregations on Easter Sunday and/or Palm Sunday. “I hope all Presbyterians will give generously to the One Great Hour of Sharing offering and pray for the three lifesaving ministries it supports, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, Self-Development of People, and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.”
To learn more about Special Offerings and how you can help support these life-giving, life-saving ministries: specialofferings.pcusa.org