Reach Beyond's New President: 'Together We Can Reach the World in Our Generation'
Rev. Steve Harling Taking the Helm at Global Outreach Ministry
Contact: Darin Campbell, 512-785-8350
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Sept. 7, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ -- Reach Beyond announced the appointment of Rev. Steve Harling, long-time pastor and missionary leader, to the role of president effective Thursday, Sept. 1. Committed to growing the ministry's legacy of reaching unreached people groups, Harling will take a global tour of the outreach ministry's media and medical-based operations on five continents during his first hundred days at the helm.
Photo: Steve Harling is the new President of Reach Beyond.
"I am looking forward to inspiring, mentoring and mobilizing a new generation of global servants," said Harling. "Together, along with our ministry partners, we're eager to take the gospel to places where it's never been."
"For over 85 years, God has used Reach Beyond's unique approach to partnership, blending media with medicine, to transform thousands of lives. I'm eager to build on that heritage. Together we can bring the good news of Jesus to every remaining people group…and we can do it within our generation."
Harling and his wife, Becky, spent 36 years pastoring churches of up to 4,500 members. He expects to continue using his preaching and organizational skills to highlight the evangelistic work of Reach Beyond. The Harlings served internationally with SIM USA, pastoring the Khartoum International Church in Sudan. He also has more than 25 years' mission board experience with SIM, Wycliffe Bible Translators, Global Refuge and Bethany Home.
Becky Harling is a well-known author and speaker who focuses on helping women overcome obstacles through prayer and God's guidance. "I'm so excited to stand with Steve and the Reach Beyond family in taking the love of Jesus to people around the world," said Becky. "This is such an exciting opportunity for us. We're thrilled to see what God does through Reach Beyond in the coming years."
Wayne Pederson, outgoing president of Reach Beyond, began his tenure with the ministry in 2008, serving eight years before announcing that he and wife, Willi, will be moving into a new phase of life, spending more time with family, serving on ministry boards and focusing on a recently launched initiative called the International Day for the Unreached.
"The transition in leadership has gone very well," said Harling. "God has used Wayne to position Reach Beyond for high-impact ministry into the coming years. I'm forever grateful for the leadership he has provided. I have big shoes to fill."
Reach Beyond, formerly known as HCJB Global, began in 1931 to launch radio stations that spread the gospel throughout Latin America and beyond. The organization continued to grow, adding broadcasts in dozens of languages and dialects, including Russian, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic, propagating its message of salvation throughout the world.
To date the ministry has partnered with local believers to establish more than 500 community radio stations, most in parts of the world where the population is less than 2 percent evangelical. Reach Beyond is also using innovative technologies to reach unengaged people through the media they use.
In the early 1950s, HCJB, convinced that the poor and destitute needed to feel Jesus' touch as well as hear His Word, began building medical facilities to address the healthcare needs of their listeners. Today Reach Beyond provides mobile care, clean water initiatives and training for medical and community development missionaries around the world.
Reach Beyond (www.reachbeyond.org) is a media- and medical-based evangelical ministry with operations on five continents. It spreads the gospel of Jesus via both traditional and new media, including radio broadcasts, webcasts, social media and the distribution of solar-powered radios. It also reaches out to the needy throughout its growing network of healthcare services. Today Reach Beyond has more than 1,000 staff members in over 30 countries.