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The Board of Brethren Community Ministries approved the hiring of Rev. Ronald Tilley II (“Chaplain Ron”) as its Interim Program Director at its October meeting. He will serve as program director of Brethren Community Ministries with responsibility for program development, promotion and administration. He began on Monday, October 15. This interim position is expected to last about 15 months. During this period, the BCM Transition Team will be leading Harrisburg First Church and BCM in discerning the future of BCM and its staffing needs.
Ron Tilley completed his undergraduate degree in biblical studies at Cairn University and also studied at Jerusalem University College in Israel. He received his Master of Divinity degree in Urban Ministry from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago and is completing his Doctor of Ministry focusing on Urban Ministry in Complex Settings at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston.
Chaplain Ron comes to us with 18 years of urban ministry experience in Harrisburg with the Evangelical Free Church of America’s Urban Intercultural Mission. Ron’s duties as an EFCA ordained clergy and EFCA endorsed chaplain have included serving on numerous national denominational teams dedicated to Reconciliation and Justice; as block chaplain at Dauphin County Prison and on an urban church plant team in Harrisburg. He’s launched community development ministries here in Harrisburg; and coached urban church plants, restarts and community development ministries throughout the Northeast U.S.
For the last ten years, Ron served as Executive Director of Firm Foundation, an interdenominational community development Christian ministry in Harrisburg. Firm Foundation was instrumental in organizing Fugitive Safe Surrender; The Capital Region Ex-Offenders Support Coalition; The Center for Education, Employment & Entrepreneurial Development; and the Tri-County Fatherhood Coalition. Under Ron’s leadership and fueled by Jesus’ love, Firm Foundation provided numerous fathers and ex-offenders with housing.
Please keep Chaplain Ron, BCM, Harrisburg First Church and our Transition Committee in your prayers during this time of discernment of the future of community ministry in South Allison Hill. career training, recovery support, reentry services, mentorship and spiritual counseling. God’s Spirit led many served by Firm Foundation to follow Jesus or deepen their Christian faith. Ron is an adjunct faculty member with Eastern University and serves as Organizer for Heeding God’s Call-Harrisburg, an interfaith initiative committed to reducing handgun violence.