Wahroonga, New South Wales
An Australian, with a wealth of community development and international leadership experience has this week been named Chief Executive Officer of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Australia.
I truly believe that as Christians, living in the developed world we have a responsibility to extend Christ’s ministry of compassion to the poor. It’s an exciting challenge to be taking leadership of an organisation that embodies this vision.
The agency began the New Year by appointing Mark Webster to the position recently vacated by Jonathan Duffy, who has taken over leadership of the global ADRA network in Maryland, USA.
“Jonathan has grown and strengthened ADRA Australia in a number of ways during his tenure,” said Mr Webster. “My vision is for more life-changing work to occur in Australia and around the world and for the Adventist Church to continue to grow its voice for and engagement with the issues faced by people struggling with poverty and injustice.”
Since 2011 Mark has served as the Director of Program Effectiveness and Planning at ADRA Australia, previous to which he held several positions including Vice President for Programs at ADRA International. Mr Webster has also worked in the field for 10 years with ADRA’s offices in Laos and Nepal.
“I truly believe that as Christians, living in the developed world we have a responsibility to extend Christ’s ministry of compassion to the poor,” said Mr Webster. “It’s an exciting challenge to be taking leadership of an organisation that embodies this vision.”
ADRA Australia is a Christian aid and humanitarian agency that empowers communities and changes lives in Australia, the Pacific, Asia and Africa. It is a member of the Australian Council for Social Services and a member of the Australian Council for International Development. ADRA Australia is part of the international ADRA network with has a presence in 126 countries. ADRA is the worldwide humanitarian arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.