InterVarsity Christian Fellowship President Alec Hill has been diagnosed with myelodysplasia, a cancer of the bone marrow, and will start treatment on June 10, according to an announcement last Friday.
InterVarsity reported that Hill’s original plan was to announce his departure from the president’s role this November and then to stay in office until the selection of a new president in the spring of 2016. But the ministry’s Board of Trustees now intends to meet in early June and appoint an interim president as the entire InterVarsity Christian Fellowship family prays for Hill’s complete healing.
The Board has already formed a Discernment and Search Task Force to begin the process of finding a new president.
In last week’s announcement, Hill gave thanks for the community he has led since 2001, saying he is “so grateful for the truly remarkable people – trustees, vice presidents, staff, faculty, students, and supporters – that I’ve had the honor to serve with.”
“The Lord has blessed our campus mission in ways that I couldn’t have imagined possible. I look to a future guided by His hand,” he added.
InterVarsity, in response, has expressed its deep gratitude for Hill’s 14 fruitful years of service, noting how God, through Hill, has led the ministry to a clarified vision and a more focused strategy to see students and faculty transformed, campuses renewed, and men and women sent into the world to serve Him.
“Alec has played a key role in encouraging and shepherding us,” shared Ron Williams, InterVarsity’s Board Chair. “And we pray that he will experience God’s shepherding and grace as he faces the unexpected journey ahead.”
InterVarsity is encouraging ministry friends, partners, and supporters to join them in praying that God will bring complete healing to Hill. Hill has served as President of InterVarsity since July 2001.
By NRB Staff
Published: May 21, 2015