Presbyterian World Mission announces that Tamron R. Keith has joined the World Mission team of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Presbyterian Mission Agency to serve as Finance Manager. Keith comes following World Mission’s restructuring to become more responsive to global partners and U.S. Presbyterians, and more supportive of mission personnel.

With valuable experience working with government agencies as well as at the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Foundation, Keith will support World Mission leadership by preparing and managing the ministry area’s budget, managing the finance team, and monitoring and reporting on foreign finance offices and property inventory.

“We are thrilled to welcome Tamron to the World Mission family,” said Greg Allen-Pickett, General Manager of Presbyterian World Mission. “He brings a keen eye for finance and project management, an understanding of the work of the Presbyterian Church and the Foundation, and a strong desire to improve World Mission’s financial and disbursement systems so that we can be faithful stewards of God’s resources in World Mission.”

An effective relationship-builder with a strong focus on customer service and collaboration, Keith brings budgetary development, forecasting, financial analysis, operations management, and task force leadership experience to his role as Finance Manager.

Keith comes to his World Mission position with five years' service as Technology Capital Project Manager and Senior Financial Analyst for the City of Portland, Oregon. There he managed a $100 million multi-year program to replace the city’s public safety communications and technology-related systems, and helped develop and monitor an annual $50 million Bureau of Technology Services operating budget using a 100 percent cost recovery model.

Prior to his work in Portland, Keith served for seven years as Manager, Financial Controls, and then Operations Manager at New Covenant Trust Company, a subsidiary of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Foundation. He managed daily trust accounting system processing, including transaction postings, multi-institutional trade instruction processing, and the setup and maintenance of approximately 7,000 accounts valued at $1 billion. He also planned and managed a cash receipts lockbox conversion and implementation project as well as providing oversight of daily cash, credit cards, and security receipts processing.

“As a former PC(USA) employee (two years as a senior customer service representative, before moving to the Foundation), I am excited about the opportunity to take many of my skills and God-given talents I have gained since then and use them in a capacity that advances the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ globally,” Keith said. “There is nothing more rewarding!  I hope to contribute to World Mission and the Presbyterian Church in a manner that, operationally, advances the organization with the changing times.”

Keith begins his new position October 15, 2012. 

About Presbyterian World Mission: With mission co-workers serving in approximately 50 countries around the globe, Presbyterian World Mission engages Presbyterians globally for faithful and effective participation in cross-cultural mission by inspiring, equipping, and accompanying one another in communities of mission practice; serving alongside global partners; and strategically focusing on three critical global issues: addressing the root causes of poverty, especially as it impacts women and children; sharing the good news of God’s love in Jesus Christ; and promoting reconciliation in cultures plagued by violence. Presbyterian World Mission is currently celebrating 175 years of international mission by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church. Learn more at www.pcusa.org/worldmission or www.pcusa.org/175years.