Southeastern Synod Youth and Young Adult Ministry

 

Arden, November 20, 2017- NovusWay Ministries today announced that its Board of Trustees has elected Boyd W. Harris IV as its executive director and chief executive officer, effective January 1, 2018. Harris succeeds Keith Johnson, who had earlier announced his intention to retire at December 31 after 24 years as its executive director.

Mr. Harris (Bo) has successfully led businesses and ministry organizations through times of transition, growth and change. Three guiding principles have been the hallmark of his leadership. First, he seeks to be a servant leader - developing a vision in collaboration with others, managing with a pastoral heart, and fostering a continuous improvement culture based on trust and care. Second, he works with the team to develop succinct, measurable strategic plans to accomplish key goals and objectives. Third, Bo welcomes, invites and inspires stakeholders to bring the best of their unique God-given gifts, talents and abilities to support the organization’s mission and vision.

Harris has held senior-level positions in both the public and nonprofit sectors. He served as president and CEO of a high-end furniture manufacturing company in the Boston area, and as COO of FOCUS, a national Christian youth ministry in New Canaan, CT. For the past seven years, he has been Executive Director/CEO of Asheville-based Helps Ministries. He brings a longstanding passion for Christ-centered activities including education, camping, and retreats. Bo has continued to support community and nonprofit groups by offering pro-bono strategic planning workshops, together with consultation and coaching for corporate leaders and boards of directors.

Bo grew up in Durham, NC and attended preparatory school in Alexandria, VA. He completed undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Together with wife Amy and three children, they live in Arden, NC where they are members of Calvary Episcopal Church.

“I feel very privileged,” intimated Harris, “and am happy to build upon the accomplishments that Keith Johnson – along with the leadership team and the entire NovusWay family - has made over this quarter-century in fulfilling this mission: providing places set apart to inspire and empower all in Christ’s love”  

About NovusWay Ministries – Headquartered in Arden NC, NovusWay operates four conference centers and Christian camps: Lutheridge in Arden NC; Lutherock near Boone NC; Luther Springs outside Gainesville FL; and Lutheranch in Tallapoosa AL They offer programmed retreats and camping experiences for all ages, as well as events and meeting spaces for organizational planning and team building. NovusWay Ministries, Inc. is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

ALL TENNESSEE 2018

122 youth and adults met November 10 & 11 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hixson, Tennessee for All Tennessee.  During the event youth from across Tennessee gathered to learn more about the "GODISNOWHERE" theme by participating in different activities throughout Saturday afternoon.  Youth looked at where God was through an interactive Stations of the Cross activity, they also got to ask Pastor Ed Myers and Pastor Katherine Museus any question they wanted to ask, they learned about how we can be God's hands in the midst of disasters through the work of Lutheran Disaster Relief and put together hygiene kits for Lutheran World Relief.  To finish out their service that day they moved mulch on to the church's playground.  Worship started with a group of youth from Christ Kiswahili Lutheran Mission leading in song and during the confession participants were invited to take a piece of string to represent their confession and tie it on nails that formed "GODISNOWHERE" - a powerful way to see that God comes to us in the midst of our brokenness and as we communed together we saw God come once again in the body and blood of Christ. Special thanks to the volunteers of Trinity Lutheran Church for their hospitality and meals, as well as the ALL Tennessee planning team for their hard work putting it all together.