On March 11, 2015, Jim Bland announced that effective June 30, 2016, he would be retiring as Coordinator for Mission to North America (MNA). By that point, Bland will have served 18 years with MNA.

“Linda and I have concluded that it is time to transition to something else,” Bland said. “We do not yet know what that is, but it will of course include more time with children and grandchildren, as well as opportunities for ministry that we trust God will bring.”

Bland hopes that by announcing his retirement now, the General Assembly will be able to elect his replacement at the 44th Assembly in 2016.

We’ll have more on Bland’s career and retirement soon.