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SIM Names Dr. Joshua Bogunjoko next International Director
1 August 2012

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Dr. Joshua Bogunjoko brings two decades of leadership and mission experience to his forthcoming role as the first African leader of this large international mission organization.

Joshua Bogunjoko
Fort Mill, USA, 1 August 2012: SIM announced today that Dr. Joshua Bogunjoko has been named next International Director. Dr. Bogunjoko will assume his five-year term on 1 June 2013, and will succeed Malcolm McGregor, SIM’s International Director since 2003.

This is an historic appointment for SIM as Joshua comes from the ECWA Church in Nigeria, a Church of 6 million people that God used SIM to help plant. SIM was founded in what is now Nigeria more than a century ago.

Joshua’s leadership experience includes his role as Deputy International Director of West Africa and Europe since 2006. Prior to that, he was Director of Galmi Hospital in Niger, West Africa. He served as national president of the evangelical movement of young Christian graduates doing their national service in Nigeria. During university, Joshua excelled in leadership roles of the Nigerian Fellowship of Evangelical Students (NIFES).

Joshua is a family physician with significant surgical training and experience who holds degrees in pharmacology and medicine as well as a Masters of Arts in Leadership and Management. Joshua is joined by his wife, Joanna, also a medical doctor, and their two children Jochebed and Joel.

Drs. Joshua and Joanna began their missions career as members of the Evangelical Missionary Society (EMS), the missions arm of the ECWA church, which today sends more than 2,400 Nigerians cross-culturally. Commissioned by the national ECWA church in 1993 and their home church in Lagos in 1995, they served at three mission hospitals in West Africa, becoming full members of SIM in 2001.

Malcolm McGregor says, “Having worked closely with Joshua for more than six years, I am excited by this appointment and believe God has clearly led and guided the Search Committee and the Board through the selection process. Joshua is a gifted leader and my prayer is that God will empower him to lead this wonderful organization in the next stage of its pilgrimage for His glory.”

SIM is an international organization with more than 1,600 active missionaries serving in more than 60 countries. SIM is a general mission whose distinctive is being church-focused in a wide variety of ministries. From its founding, SIM has been multinational, drawing members from more than 70 nations. SIM is also a mission-planting mission which has helped to found, support and empower mission movements and new mission agencies in many of the countries where it serves.

For additional information, contact your nearest SIM office.

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