Louisville, Ky.

Amgad Beblawi, who has led the denomination's middle eastern congregational support office for the last five years, begins duties this month as coordinator of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s mission work in the Middle East, Europe, and Central Asia.

Beblawi has served the last five years as the General Assembly Mission Council’s associate for Middle Eastern Congregational Support in the United States. Prior to serving on the PC(USA) national staff, Amgad worked at Fuller Seminary as academic advisor and director of the Career Services. Amgad also worked with nonprofit organizations in the Washington, D.C., area for a short time prior to his appointment as General Assembly staff.

"I believe Amgad will be an active and dynamic resource for our mission personnel serving in the Middle East, Europe, and Central Asia, other Presbyterians from the United States involved in these regions, and our partners there," said Doug Welch, Presbyterian World Mission’s associate director for mission partners and programs. "He brings a wealth of experience and commitment to his new role."

Beblawi succeeds Victor Makari, who has been serving as Middle East coordinator, and Jon Chapman, who served as Europe coordinator. Both retired this year and their positions were combined.

He holds masters degrees in Theology and Biblical Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, in Pasadena, Calif. A native of Egypt, he grew up and was active in the Presbyterian Church of Egypt, Synod of the Nile. Amgad immigrated to the United States in 1985. He has fifteen years experience in church and parachurch ministries, higher education administration, and academic and career counseling.

Beblawi lives in Louisville with his wife Susan Templet Beblawi and son Justin, 12.