by Jerry L. Van Marter
LOUISVILLE (PNS) The Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship (PFF) board of directors has chosen the Rev. Richard Haney, of Richmond, Virginia, as the fellowship’s new executive director. He succeeds the Rev. Bill Young, who is retiring.
PFF describes itself as “a mission support group which works with congregations to establish indigenous churches among unreached people.”
In a press release announcing the appointment, PFF said Haney “stood out from other candidates,” based on the board’s determination “that the best candidate would have a passion for frontier mission, training in missiology, administrative skills, and a demonstrated ability to think out of the box.”
Haney holds a B.A. in religion from the University of North Carolina, an M.Div. from
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and is a Ph.D. candidate in mission and theology studies at the Oxford (England) Centre for Mission Studies and Middlesex University in London.
He has served as a mission pastor, a New Church Development pastor, and in five interim pastorates. In addition he has taught for 10 years as an instructor in perspectives on the World Christian Movement courses, and as a visiting instructor on “Evangelism in the Congregation” at Union Presbyterian Seminary.
In addition, he has led congregational mission teams to 14 countries, was a delegate to the 1989 Lausanne Congress in Manila, and served as a reporter for The Presbyterian Outlook at the 3rd Lausanne Congress in Cape Town in 2010.
Haney’s wife, Pam, works with international students at Virginia Commonwealth University. They have three daughters, all of whom are married with children. Two live in Virginia and one lives in East Asia. The Haneys have five grandchildren.
The national office of Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship is located in Richfield, Minnesota. For additional information, contact PFF at 612-869-0062 or visit the PFF website.