Mark Flory Steury will retire as donor relations representative for the Church of the Brethren effective Aug. 31. He has worked as part of the Mission Advancement team at the denomination’s General Offices in Elgin, Ill., and remotely from Bridgewater, Va.
He began in the position in April 2016, previously having worked on several projects for the General Secretary’s Office on a contract basis. His responsibilities have included strengthening and nurturing congregational and individual stewardship, direct gifts, planned giving, and enlistment programs of the Church of the Brethren. In addition, his work has included helping to organize general secretary David Steele’s listening sessions that have been held in districts across the denomination.
Flory Steury has experience working as a district executive as well as a pastor over the course of a 30-plus year career in church ministry. In 2015 he served for a time as acting district executive minister in Shenandoah District. Previously he served for 11 years as district executive minister in Southern Ohio District. Among his pastorates was a most recent posting in Illinois, where he was moderator of the Illinois and Wisconsin District Conference in 2013, and also a longterm pastorate in Ohio.