Notes about people

February 9, 2012


On Feb. 8, E. Andrew (Andy) Mayo assumed responsibilities executive director of the Medical Benevolence Foundation MBF).

MBF is a covenant partner of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) that “proclaims and demonstrates the gospel of Jesus Christ by encouraging and supporting the healing ministries of our worldwide partners” through medical missions.

Mayo has worked in faith-based, non-profit organizations overseas for the past seven years. Prior to that he spent ten years working for a number of non-profit hospitals in the USA. Most recently he has served as the executive director for CURE Clubfoot Worldwide. Before that he served as the CEO for AIC-CURE International Children’s Hospital in Kijabe, Kenya.

Shelley Ulrich, co-chair of the MBF Executive Director Search Committee, said, “The committee agreed that Andy Mayo brings a heart that is wholly devoted to Christ and that he would make a superb leader for MBF. Andy is highly skilled and inclined to be an active relational presence while organizing and motivating others at the heart of a MBF projects and programs.“

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The Rev. Ed DeLair, program director for Ghost Ranch Conference Center, died of a heart attack Jan. 31 at his home at Ghost Ranch.

DeLair was first drawn to Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) camp and conference ministry while working summers at Crestfield Camp and Conference Center in Slippery Rock, Pa. while attending West Liberty State College. His love for Ghost Ranch was cemented when he worked there the summer after college.

While attending Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, DeLair returned to Crestfioeld as summer program director. Following seminary, he served as executive director at Kirkmont Center in Zanesville, Ohio for 10 years. After three years as a pastor in Pennsylvania, he returned to Ghost Ranch as program director last year.
Through the years, DeLair was active in the Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center Association (PCCCA) and had recently been elected to serve on the group’s board of directors.

DeLair is survived by his wife, Becky, and four children. A memorial service was held Feb. 6 in New Mexico. Another was being planned later in Washington, Pa.

Presbyterian News Service published a story about Ed DeLair in November 2011. Read it here.


  1. I just saw this, I know time has gone by since his passing, but I felt compelled to write. Mu condolences to the his wife and children. I was a camper at Camp Crestfied in Slippery Rock when Ed (Snuffy) was there. He brought the light of Christ to me and many other young people that summer. I was a "local" camper who later worked in the kitchen during winter retreat season. While I attended many seasons growing up, not session was more meaningful to me than the year our group included Ed. Many blessings and prayers to his family, Ann C. Jennings

    by Ann Clinger Jennings

    May 5, 2014

  2. I did not know Ed personally but I know, from others, that he was a wonderful, talented person. Those of us interested in Ghost Ranch pinned most of our hopes for GR on him. His death was a great loss for Presbyterians and northern New Mexico.

    by Teresa Bremer

    February 11, 2012