Nathan Hosler has accepted a position as advocacy officer with the Church of the Brethren, effective March 1. Located in Washington, D.C., this is a shared position with the National Council of Churches (NCC). The advocacy officer provides approximately equal hours of service to the Church of the Brethren and the NCC, with seasonal variations due to events and emphases of each organization.
Hosler’s responsibilities will include nurturing the Church of the Brethren witness to society and government from a uniquely Anabaptist-Pietist Brethren perspective, with a peace church emphasis on peace and justice. He also will represent NCC member churches in advocacy for peace and will provide leadership in educational initiatives with NCC member churches and the wider society.
Most recently, he and his wife Jennifer have served at Kulp Bible College in northern Nigeria teaching courses on theology and the practice of peace and reconciliation. He also assisted in implementation of the Peace Program of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN–the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). Previously he served a ministry internship and held various leadership roles with Chiques Church of the Brethren in Manheim, Pa.
Hosler holds a master’s degree in International Relations from Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I., and a bachelor’s in Biblical Language from Moody Bible Institute. He has done various training courses in peacebuilding, trauma awareness, and restorative justice.