Board of World Mission Staff and Offices
Rev. Judith M. Ganz
Judy began her position of Executive Director on June 13, 2011. leads the Board of World Mission in its worldwide efforts on behalf of the Northern Province, Southern Province and Alaskan Province of the Moravian Church, helping to develop vision, strategy and action for the mission activities of the church in its historic global partnerships as well in new areas of mission outreach. The BWM currently maintains vital partnerships with Moravian Churches in Alaska, Costa Rica, Eastern West Indies, Guyana, Honduras, Labrador, Nicaragua, and Tanzania. New work is being developed in Cuba, Peru and Sierra Leone.
In addition, Judy guides the work of the Board as it encourages congregations throughout North America to more fully participate in God’s mission locally as well as globally. She represents the Northern and Southern Provinces in matters pertaining to the worldwide Moravian Unity.
Mission work has been central to Judy’s life as she served in Nicaragua in the 1970s and as a director of the BWM for 12 years. She also worked as the HIV/AIDS Coordinator for the BWM from 2004-2006. Trained as a nurse, with degrees from St. Olaf College and University of Wisconsin, Judy served in the medical field until 2005. She entered the Lay Ministry Program with the Southern Wisconsin Synod of the ELCA in 2001, and went on to earn a Master of Divinity degree from United Theological Seminary in New Brighton, Minnesota in 2008 and a Certificate in Theological Studies from Moravian Theological Seminary.
Judy served as a lay pastor for Christian Faith Moravian Church in DeForest, Wisconsin, and as a student pastor at Christ Community Church in Maple Grove, MN and Emmaus Moravian Church, Emmaus, Pennsylvania. She was ordained as a deacon in the Moravian Church on August 24, 2008 and served the Edmonton Moravian congregation in Edmonton, Alberta from October 2008 until beginning this position.
Judy loves to quilt and play hand bells. She and her husband Charlie reside in Bethlehem, PA. They enjoy sharing time with their children and grandchildren located in different areas of the U.S.
Working in the Bethlehem office, Deb joined the BWM in July, 2015. She previously worked as the Administrative Assistant for the Schoeneck Moravian Church in Nazareth, in Sales and Marketing for the IBOC at the Moravian Church Center Office in Bethlehem, and as an Associate Manager for Aesculap/B.Braun in Center Valley, PA. Currently, she is a member of Edgeboro Moravian Church in Bethlehem.
She and her husband David live in Bethlehem with their Golden Retriever, Harley. Deb has two children, Amy and Stephen, who both reside in Pennsylvania. She also has three step-children.
Rex joined the staff as Treasurer in July 2015. Rex has been involved with finances since graduating from Rutgers in 1975. Rex has served in a variety of leadership roles in his home church, Palmyra Moravian in Cinnaminson NJ, and has served as Treasurer of the Church since the early nineties.
Rex is blessed to work with several smaller companies on accounting and financial related tasks through the Knowlton Advisors, LLC. Rex worked for almost thirty years in assuring access to non-emergency medical transportation in Philadelphia and surrounding areas through Wheels of Wellness, starting as Finance Director and moving onto Executive Director from shortly after college graduation through 2005.
Rex works to improve surface transportation across the country having served as one of ten Coordination Ambassadors working through the Federal Transit Administrations United We Ride program from 2005 through 2012 and more recently through Community Transportation Association of Americans Tribal Transit program which assist native American nations to access or build appropriate transportation.
Rex and his wife Gina recently celebrated forty years of marriage and enjoy the company of their two children Justin and Megan and their mates Timmy and Tommy and as importantly, the three grandchildren Kaeli, Sammy and Jamie!
Rt. Rev. Samuel J. Gray
Director of Intercultural Ministries
Sam was born in Winston-Salem, NC. His intercultural experience began at an early age when his parents, the Rev. and Mrs. Joe Gray, took him to Nicaragua when he was 5 weeks old. He lived in Nicaragua for 11 years; his mother taught her five children all through elementary school. He gave his life to Christ at an old fashioned revival service at Grace Moravian Church in Mt. Airy, NC in 1968.
After graduating from The Stony Brook School (Long Island, NY) in 1972, Sam attended Moravian College from 1972 – 1976, majoring in Religion. He was active in choir, band, the Campus Christian Association and a jazz band, “The Brethren.”
He worked for the Moravian Church in Honduras for one year, organizing a student group in Tegucigalpa.
In 1978 he returned to Moravian College for further study in Elementary Education and then attended Fuller Seminary (Pasadena, CA) in the summer of 1979.
In January 1980 he began full-time service for the Board of World Mission in Honduras as a high school teacher, Director of the Bible Institute, Christian Education Director, Student Group Organizer, and founding pastor of Israel Moravian Church in Tegucigalpa, serving there for 13 1/2 years. During that time, he married Lorena Alvarez, a Registered Nurse, from Cocobila, Honduras.
Sam returned to Moravian Theological Seminary in 1993, graduating in 1996 with a M.Div. and was ordained as a deacon in May, 1996. He served as Assistant Pastor of Emmaus Moravian Church and Director of Youth Ministries for the Eastern District of the Northern Province.
Sam and Lorena have three sons: Luke, Tim and Christian David, as well as two grand-daughters, Rachel and Gabriella Marie.
Working in the Winston-Salem office, Sheila has served the BWM for 21 years, previously working in secular business administrative positions. Currently, she is a member of Macedonia Moravian and serves as an Elder, Sunday School teacher, and band and choir member.
She and her husband Charles have two sons, David and Jonathan, and three grandchildren, Abigail, Joshua, and Tabitha.
Director of the Antioch Project
Jill primarily serves mission in two capacities with the Moravian Church, one as a representative of the Antioch Project of the BWM as well as the mission coordinator of the Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church in Wisconsin. These and other denominational ministry involvements overflow into approximately fifteen years of service with the greater Moravian Church.
She and her husband John reside in Sturgeion Bay WI and have 3 daughters, Sarah, Janelle, and Lauren, and three grandchildren, Jordyn Grace, Mekhi John, and Eli Gary.
Director of Mission Engagement
Justin lives in Chicago, having moved there from Madison, Wisconsin, where he graduated in May 2012 from the University of Wisconsin with his Master’s in International Public Affairs, focusing on International Development.
Justin grew up in Ebenezer Moravian Church in Watertown, WI, and got involved in missions following a trip to Nicaragua in 2007 that really opened his eyes to the possibilities of building relationships and serving God abroad. Since then God has taken him time and again through “new” experiences, and he has found himself serving and encountering God for varying lengths of time in Wisconsin, California, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, Alberta, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Israel/Palestine. In these experiences Justin was able to help recruit, equip and engage peers to take part in mission opportunities through the BWM.
Before accepting his current role as a staff member, Justin served as a member of the Board of World Mission and on the executive committee through his role as vice-chair.
Justin is excited to work with individuals and congregations. Please feel free to contact him with any and all questions related to missions, and he will do his best to answer, or at least point you in the right direction!
Mailing address for Bethlehem office:
Board of World Mission
PO Box 1245
Bethlehem, PA 18016-1245
Street address for Bethlehem office:
1021 Center Street
Bethlehem PA 18018
Mailing and street address for Winston-Salem office:
500 South Church Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101