On Tuesday evening, 21 February, the Love Link Board unanimously elected Joel Mullen, missions pastor at Southern Nazarene University and current Love Link Board Chairman, as the ministry’s new executive director.
Joel and his wife Sara returned to the US three and a half years ago after serving 14 years with the Church of the Nazarene in Italy and Eastern Europe. He is an alumnus of SNU as well as Nazarene Theological Seminary. He is currently in the final stages of doctoral studies in an urban ministry program at Bakke Graduate University (Dallas, TX).
The Mullens have three young children: Levi, who was born in Ethiopia; Lia, who was born in China; and Luca, who was born in Poland.
Joel, who is from Rogers, AR, will officially begin on March 13. Current executive director Marilyn Stark will remain on salary until March 31 to help with the transition.
The search for a new director began in late November when Marilyn submitted her resignation. She has been involved with Love Link for nearly 20 years. She began as a volunteer and then became the ministry’s office manager. When she stepped down from that position, she was elected to the board. After director Wayne Stark resigned in 2008, Marilyn became the executive director.
Join us in prayer for:
1) Both Joel and Marilyn in this time of change. Both have expressed to the board a sense of feeling in the center of God’s will.
2) The staff and volunteers as they adjust to having a new leader.
3) Vision, wisdom and divine direction for Joel.
4) Funding for extra expenses incurred during this time of transition.
Please join us March 24 in the Cole Center (OKC First Church of the Nazarene) for the annual Love Link banquet where we will welcome new director Joel Mullen. There is no charge for the banquet, but you need to RSVP by 15 March.
Go to the link below to reserve your place: