International (MNN) — When a ministry like Trans World
Radio looks for new leadership, they look for someone who is not afraid to
navigate new waters.
TWR chose Lauren Libby to take the helm as the mission's
fourth president. Libby succeeds David G. Tucker, who stepped down from his position earlier this year.
"As we move into the digital arena with digital, virtual
communities and other means of transmitting the Gospel," says Libby, "and transmitting things that help people grow in their relationship with Jesus, we need to move into
the future. We need to look in terms of what God is doing, and look in
terms of what the new vehicles are."
Thomas J. Lowell, TWR's chairman of the Board of Directors
anticipates the passion that Libby will bring to their team. "In my
conversations with Lauren, I sense that he is a man with a passion for serving
the Lord and that he has a strong interest in the people who serve in this
ministry as well as those who support TWR. He brings to our organization
significant knowledge of radio, experience in leadership of a mission
organization, and a strong desire to lead TWR into the future."
Libby comes to TWR with nearly thirty years experience
guiding The Navigators under a similar vision.
A member of the Board of Directors for the National
Religious Broadcasters, the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability
and Northwestern College, Libby is also president and CEO of New Horizons
Foundation – a public charity designed to help donors accomplish their giving
objectives in education, research, humanitarian aid, religion and
health-related areas. Additionally, he co-founded Educational Communications of
Colorado Springs, comprising 15 radio stations and 28 translators. Libby
also served previously on the board of the Christian Stewardship Association.
Libby says, from a Christian media standpoint, TWR is positioned
to touch most of the world with the good news of Jesus. "We're beginning to work in the arenas
of the global needs of youth, and children, women, HIV/AIDS and health issues,
the whole orality movement, and church and leadership development. Those are really the areas of strategic
opportunities as God leads us."
TWR commissions Libby on December 1.