Emily Tyler has resigned as director of Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS), effective Feb. 18, after three years in the position. She started as director of BVS on Feb. 4, 2019. She has been employed by the Church of the Brethren and BVS for almost 10 years, since June 27, 2012, when she began as coordinator for BVS recruitment and the Workcamp Ministry.
She is starting a new position as membership and communications specialist for the Association of Professional Chaplains in Hoffman Estates, Ill.
As director of BVS, she has overseen this longterm program that trains and equips units of volunteers each year to serve fulltime in a wide variety of project sites located in the United States and internationally. In addition, she has provided supervision for FaithX (formerly the Workcamp Ministry), along with the orientation and recruitment staff and volunteers who work in the BVS office. During her tenure, the Workcamp Ministry successfully transitioned to a new model under the name FaithX. Under her leadership, BVS and FaithX have lived into the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, adapting new ways to do orientation, training, and placement of BVS volunteers, and creating a tiered model for FaithX experiences intended to offer options for a variety of pandemic conditions.
Prior to being employed by BVS, Tyler was a BVS volunteer, serving as co-coordinator of National Youth Conference in 2006, and coordinator for Young Adult Conference in the same year. She also has taught music and choir at the elementary school level in Arizona and Kansas, where she received the Kansas State Teacher of Promise Award in 2004. She is a graduate of McPherson (Kan.) College.
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