The Board of Trustees of the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem (AFEDJ) is pleased to announce the appointment of John Lent as the organization’s Executive Director. John joined AFEDJ as Deputy Director in 2016 and has served as Acting Executive Director since January of this year, when Anne Lynn retired as the head of the organization.
The Rt. Rev. Barry L. Beisner, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California and Chair of the AFEDJ Board of Trustees, stated, “I am very pleased that the Board has acted to make this appointment and has done it so enthusiastically. We all have great confidence in John, as do Archbishop Suheil and his staff in the Diocese of Jerusalem. John will help AFEDJ to be the best ‘Friends’ possible to the Diocese of Jerusalem, and its vital ministries.”
“I am honored to be asked to lead AFEDJ, an organization with a long history of supporting the humanitarian institutions of the Diocese of Jerusalem,” Lent said. “When I visit schools, hospitals and clinics in Palestine, Jordan and Israel, I see first-hand the transformative impact our donors have on the lives of vulnerable and displaced children and families. I’m excited to be working with AFEDJ’s talented board, our committed donors and volunteers, and our Anglican brothers and sisters in the Holy Land to raise awareness of the Diocese of Jerusalem’s powerful Christian witness and to grow our impact.”
John is an experienced non-profit, education and corporate leader. He started his career as a teacher and worked in educational publishing for many years in New York City. He served as Executive Director of New Leaders, a national non-profit that recruits and trains school leaders in partnership with many of the largest urban school districts in the country. Before joining AFEDJ, John was COO of an educational technology company in New York. John is active in his Episcopal parish, where he has served as vestry member, warden, member of the rector search committee, Sunday school teacher, chair of the discernment committee and stewardship committee chair.
AFEDJ is a nonpolitical, nonsectarian 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to transforming lives of the vulnerable and displaced in the Middle East through support of the schools, hospitals, and centers for children with disabilities that are owned and operated by the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem in Palestine, Jordan, Israel, Syria and Lebanon. Since 1988, AFEDJ donors have contributed more than $30 million to the Diocese of Jerusalem’s humanitarian institutions. Learn more at www.afedj.org.