USMB appoints new national director

Aaron Box — U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches Aaron Box — U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches

Aaron Box, a Mennonite Brethren pastor from Eugene, Ore., has been appointed national director of the U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, effective July 1.

Box has served as senior pastor of North Park Community Church in Eugene since 2011 and has more than 20 years of experience leading in ministry positions.

He began his ministry career as a youth pastor in Darmstadt, Germany, later serving as youth pastor, then interim lead pastor, at Seaside Christian Church in Oregon. From 2010 to 2011 he was project manager for Stadia Church Systems in Akron, Ohio, where he coached and assisted church planters. He was a co-founding pastor of Restore Community Church in Sterling, Va.

Box served from 2014 to 2022 on the USMB Leadership Board, which announced Box’s appointment May 13, citing his experience in leadership and commitment to USMB’s Confession of Faith and mission.

Box succeeds Don Morris, who served as national director since 2014 and will retire after Box is officially introduced at Gathering 2024, to be held July 23-27 in Omaha, Neb.

“We are thrilled to welcome Aaron Box as our new national director,” said ­Boris Borisov, Leadership Board search committee chair. “Aaron’s passion for serving others, coupled with his pastoral and leadership experience, make him an ideal candidate to lead our conference forward. We are confident that under his guidance, the USMB Conference will continue to thrive and proclaim the kingdom of God in communities across the globe.”

Box earned a bachelor’s degree in Bible/theology and youth ministry in 1999 from Multnomah University in Portland, Ore., and a master of business administration degree with a management concentration in 2022 from Bushnell University in Eugene.

“I am deeply honored and humbled to serve as the national director of the USMB Conference,” he said. “I am excited to work alongside our dedicated pastors, leaders and churches as we grow in our effectiveness in living out our mission of proclaiming Christ and embodying his love in the world. Together, I am confident that we will see God accomplish great things through us.”

He and his wife, Jennifer, have two children and reside in Eugene.

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