The General Assembly Mission Council is pleased to announce that Rob Fohr will assume the newly formed role of young adult catalyst. This position will be housed within the Deputy Executive Director of Mission office.
The General Assembly Mission Council approved the 2013–2016 Mission Work Plan in February. Part of that plan was six new strategic directions, one of which was, “Inspire, equip, and connect the church to engage and join with young adults in reforming the church for Christ’s mission.”
“The young adult catalyst role is one that is so vital to helping us achieve one of our new strategic directions,” says Roger Dermody, deputy executive director of mission. “As a denomination, we've done a lot of good work with young adults over the years. However, there is so much more we could do, and so much more we could learn.”
Fohr is a graduate of Abilene Christian University in Texas, where he earned a bachelor’s in business administration. He is currently enrolled at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary pursuing a master’s in religion.
He comes to this new position from the Office of Theological Education and Seminary Relations within the ministry area of Theology, Worship and Education, where he served as manager of seminary relations. Prior to that, Fohr was the project director/consultant for FMR Associates Inc., a media/market research firm in Tucson, Arizona.
“I am deeply grateful for the General Assembly Mission Council’s vision and commitment to young adults, and go into this new call with humility, excitement, and a great deal of hope. My own life was profoundly transformed as a young adult through my experiences in the PC(USA)’s Young Adult Volunteer program,” says Fohr.
From 2005 to 2006 Fohr worked as a Young Adult Volunteer in a community development center and a human rights organization in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of South Louisville Community Ministries, an ecumenical faith-based social service agency, and on the Mid-Kentucky Presbytery Finance Committee.
“I am excited and eager to work with Rob. His love for Christ, his commitment to the church, and his years of experience serving the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) as a Young Adult Volunteer and as a member of the General Assembly Mission Council team make him the perfect person to provide the leadership necessary for this new call,” Dermody says.
Fohr is originally from Tucson, Arizona, and is married to Christine Coy Fohr, a 2010 graduate of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and part of the ministerial staff at Highland Presbyterian Church in Louisville. They met through the Young Adult Volunteer program where she served in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
“I look forward to seeing how God is working in the lives of other young adults both in and outside of the church and hope to help connect their visions, passions, and ideas with the ministries of the agencies of the PC(USA), as well as to the ministries of worshiping communities, congregations, and mid councils," Fohr says.
Rob Fohr will begin work in this new position on April 2, 2012.