Mission Engagement and Support
Rosemary C. Mitchell, Senior Director
Rosemary C. Mitchell serves as senior director for Mission Engagement and Support.
“It is through our acts of kindness and generosity that we demonstrate our love of God and our love of neighbor,” she says. “It is my privilege to help Presbyterians be faithful to this Great Commandment Jesus taught us.”
Rosemary oversees the Mission Engagement and Special Offerings teams as they interpret and promote the work of the Presbyterian Mission Agency and seek financial support for Presbyterian mission. Her staff also includes the Relationship and Development Operations team, which is responsible for gift processing, acknowledgement, prospect research, reporting and database functions. The PMA’s Office of Research Services is also part of Mission Engagement and Support.
A member of the PMA staff since 2013, Rosemary began her current responsibilities in March 2016 on an interim basis and was selected for the permanent position five months later. Previously, she served the PMA as a mission engagement advisor.
Prior to joining the PMA, Rosemary served as vice president for Seminary Relations at Princeton Theological Seminary. Before working at Princeton, Mitchell—who was ordained by Susquehanna Valley Presbytery—served two congregations, New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C., and Downtown United Presbyterian Church in Rochester, New York. She was also the founding executive director of the Women’s Foundation of Genesee Valley in Rochester. Mitchell received a B.A. from the State University of New York at Cortland and an M.Div. from Princeton Seminary. She is a certified fund-raising executive, a credential conferred by CFRE International.
Rosemary and her husband, Joseph, live in Louisville. They are the parents of three adult children.
Mission Engagement Advisors
Mission Engagement Advisors can tell you about the various ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency and guide you through ways to support them financially. They can also direct you to resources that will help you engage in other ways.
Lynne Foreman, Northeast region, Synods of the Northeast and Trinity
Lynne Foreman is the mission engagement advisor for the Northeast region, which includes the synods of the Northeast and Trinity.
“As a lifelong Presbyterian, I am humbled and grateful to serve, work, and give back to the church that has had a major impact on my life and in the lives of so many in my family,” Lynne says.
Lynne, who came to the PMA staff in 2013, has spent most of her professional life working with non-profit organizations. Her previous roles include service as mid-Atlantic director of corporate relations for the American Heart Association and as major gifts director for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Lynne earned a BS degree in marketing from the University of Maryland, and she received an executive certificate in nonprofit leadership from Duke University.
A fourth generation Presbyterian, Lynne is an elder and a member of the AveNue Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. Active in service to her community and beyond, Lynne is a member of Rotary International, the Executive Board of the South Charlotte Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Inc., the National Organization of Business and Professional Women’s Foundation, and the World Affairs Council.
Lynne is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and is a certified fundraising executive, a designation conferred by CFRE International.
Lynne lives in Waxhaw, North Carolina, with her husband, Joseph, and their son, Bryce.
Sy Hughes, Southeast region, Synods of Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic and Boriquén (Puerto Rico)
Sy Hughes is the mission engagement advisor for the Southeast region, which includes the synods of the Mid-Atlantic and South Atlantic.
“My goal is to connect the passion, leadership and excitement of congregations, individuals and presbyteries to the mission and ministries of the wider Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.),” Sy says.
Prior to joining the PMA staff in the fall of 2013, Sy served in advancement roles with Habitat for Humanity and the Virginia Military Institute. He also worked with the Pursuant Group, a consulting company dedicated to strengthening non-profit agencies. He holds a B.S. degree from Landers University.
Sy is a member of Shandon Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina. He is a supporter of Family Promise of the Midlands, a housing ministry that seeks to help homeless families achieve sustainable independence. Sy and his wife, Sarah, are patrons of Montreat Conference Center.
Sarah, Sy, and their sons Marshall and Porter live in Columbia.
Rhonda Kruse, Midwest region, Synods of Mid-America, Lakes and Prairies and Rocky Mountains
Rhonda Kruse is the mission engagement advisor for the Midwest region, which includes the synods of Mid-America, Lakes and Prairies and Rocky Mountains.
“I am happy to serve on a team that engages mid councils, churches, and individuals with our denomination’s mission and ministries and that seeks their prayers, participation and support as we partner together to discerns God’s vision for PC(USA),” Rhonda says.
Rhonda joined the Presbyterian Mission Agency staff in September 2016, bringing more than 20 years of parish ministry experience in New Jersey, Indiana, and New York. She has also been connections and change presbyter with Hudson Valley Presbytery, a position she held for the five years immediately preceding her service with the PMA.
A member of the Hudson River Presbytery, Rhonda was one of the presbytery’s commissioners to the 220th General Assembly (2012). From 2013 to 2014, she served on the Committee to Review Biennial Assemblies, and she also was a 2013-2014 member of the Synod of the Northeast’s New Way Forward Working Group.
Rhonda holds an M.Div. degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, an M.S.W. degree from Rutgers University, and a B.S. degree in advertising from the University of Illinois. She also earned a certificate in executive leadership from McCormick Theological Seminary.
Rhonda and her husband, Gary, live in Tappan, New York, and they have three children in college and graduate school.
Bill McConnell, South region, Synods of the Sun and Living Waters
Bill McConnell is the mission engagement advisor for the South region, which includes the synods of the Sun and Living Waters.
“The church is called to various ministries close to home and around the world,” Bill says. “I am excited to find connections that link individuals, congregations and mid councils with these ministries and that explore ways that we can more actively participate in God’s mission.”
Before joining the PMA staff in December 2016, Bill served for five years as executive director of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, an independent organization with close ties to the PC(USA). Previously, Bill was an associate professor of music and associate dean for adult and extended programs at St. Andrews University, a PC(USA)-related school in Laurinburg, North Carolina.
Bill holds an M.M. degree from East Carolina University and a D.M.A. from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He has done additional study in arts administration at the University of Cincinnati and completed an executive certificate in religious fundraising from the Lake Institute of Faith and Giving at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis.
A life-long Presbyterian, Bill is a member of Highland Presbyterian Church in Louisville, where he is a ruling elder and chairs the stewardship committee. He was an ex officio member of the Presbyterian Committee on Congregational Song, which is the committee that developed Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal, and he was a member of the Book of Common Worship Revision Committee.
Bill lives in Louisville and is a patron of many of the city’s cultural, educational and entertainment opportunities. He enjoys good books, good meals, and good conversation.
René Myers, West region, Synods of Alaska, Northwest, Pacific, Southern California and Hawaii, and the Southwest
René Myers is the mission engagement advisor for the West region, which includes the synods of Alaska-Northwest, Pacific, Southern California & Hawaii and the Southwest.
“It is a blessing to connect with people who feel called to make a difference for God’s people throughout the world and share stories of how the Presbyterian Mission Agency partners with our congregations and members to make that difference,” René says.
René joined the PMA staff in 2011, bringing a history of deep church involvement as well as professional experience in both the non-profit and corporate worlds. She has been the director of development for a community non-profit agency and a consultant with a firm that assists congregations with capital campaigns and stewardship development. She also served for 15 years in various management positions with Hewlett-Packard Company.
A graduate of Colorado State University, René earned a B.S.B.A. degree with a concentration in accounting.
René attends Woodland Hills Presbyterian Church in Woodland Hills, California, where her husband, Bruce, is interim pastor. She serves in stewardship leadership for Riverside Presbytery and is a regional board member of Soroptimist International of the Americas, a volunteer service organization that seeks to improve the lives of women and girls in their communities and throughout the world.
René and Bruce, and their daughter, Rachel, reside in Fontana, California.
Chris Roseland, North region, Synods of the Covenant and Lincoln Trails (Lead Mission Engagement Advisor)
As the lead mission engagement advisor, Chris Roseland supports colleagues as they work with individuals, congregations and mid councils across the United States. In addition, Chris himself serves the North region, which includes the synods of Lincoln Trails and Covenant.
“I believe that mission is common ground for our diverse, divided denomination,” Chris says. “I feel called by God to serve the church in this vitally important ministry.”
When Chris came to the Presbyterian Mission Agency staff in 2009, he brought wide-ranging experience gained through ministry in congregations and higher education. He has served congregations in Texas, Mississippi, and Kentucky as a youth and Christian education director, solo pastor, and head of staff. At Hanover College, a Presbyterian-related school in Indiana, he was director of church relations and interim chaplain for Hanover’s Center for Church Leadership. In these roles, he worked to secure scholarship funds for Presbyterian students and helped students explore the theological basis of their call into Christian ministry.
Chris, who was ordained by Grace Presbytery in 1989, is a member of the Presbytery of Ohio Valley. He earned a Master of Religious Education degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Master of Divinity degree from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University. His undergraduate degree is from TCU, where he double-majored in social work and religious studies–the first to graduate with that combined degree.
Chris is based in Lexington, Kentucky. He and his wife, Beth, attend Second Presbyterian Church in Lexington.
Jon Moore, 1001 New Worshiping Communities
Jon Moore is a mission engagement advisor who focuses on the 1001 New Worshiping Communities movement. He works with individuals, congregations and mid councils across the United States.
“I’m called to invite people to become personally involved in God’s work to save and change lives,” Jon says.
Jon joined the Presbyterian Mission Agency staff in 2014. Previously, he served in donor ministries with Fuller Theological Seminary, ChinaSource and Church Resource Ministries. He has spent 15 years serving in marketing and management positions in business and in the political world.
Jon holds an M.Div. degree from Fuller Seminary and a B.A. degree in political science from Linfield College.
A PC(USA) teaching elder, Jon is a member of Los Ranchos Presbytery. He and his wife, Mia, a widely respected mix media artist, live in Laguna Beach, California. They attend Laguna Beach Presbyterian Church, where Jon serves as a parish associate.
Bryce Wiebe, director, Special Offerings
Bryce Wiebe is director of Special Offerings for the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA).
He and his staff promote the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s four Special Offerings and the causes they support. The four offerings are One Great Hour of Sharing, Pentecost, Peace and Global Witness, and Christmas Joy.
“The Offerings are such an important part of being Presbyterian,” Bryce says. “They are like the muscle and sinew of the connectional system, moving the body into mission. It is a joy to share the stories of impact with the wider church, as well as dream up ways to deepen and widen participation in these ministries.”
Bryce came to the Presbyterian Mission Agency staff in 2013. He initially worked with the Presbyterian Hunger Program, where he was associate for Enough for Everyone. In that position, he led efforts to help Presbyterians engage their faith through lifestyle changes and consumer choices. He assumed his current role in 2015.
Prior to serving with the PMA, he was director of Christian education at First Presbyterian Church in New Haven, Connecticut.
Bryce holds a B.A. from Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska, and an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School in New Haven. He worked as executive director of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Hastings and was part-owner of a small sourdough bread bakery before beginning ministry studies at Yale.
Relationship and Development Operations
Alex Spoelker, manager, Relationship and Development Operations
Alexandra “Alex” Spoelker is the manager of relationships and development operations for the Presbyterian Mission Agency.
In this role, Alex oversees the team that is responsible for gift processing, gift acknowledgement, prospect research, gift reporting and database functions. – In addition, she works on special projects that seek to maximize financial efficiencies and nurture donor relations.
“In my work, my goal is to follow Christ’s values, and this demands that we ensure the highest standards for organizational integrity and administration of our donors’ generous gifts to the Presbyterian Mission Agency,” Alex says.
A member of the PMA staff since December 2013, Alex previously worked for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Kentuckiana, where her duties centered on community engagement and development. From 1999 to 2011, she worked for the Community Foundation of Louisville, where she first served as director of grants and later as vice president for philanthropy.
Alex earned two degrees, a B.A. and an M.P.A, from the University of Dayton.
Alex is a member of St. Raphael Catholic Church in Louisville and serves on the board of Little Sisters for the Poor. She and her husband, Jeff, are the parents of two sons, Nicholas and Peter.