For Immediate Release
(Madison, WI) --- Janet Luhrs Balajthy has been appointed interim vice president and director of Collegiate Ministries for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.
Janet began her career with InterVarsity planting campus chapters on Long Island in 1975, and she became InterVarsity’s first female regional director, overseeing the work in New York/New Jersey for seven years. She served as the national field director for the Northeast for 13 years before becoming the associate director of Collegiate Ministries. Janet also presides over InterVarsity’s Women’s Council.
Janet holds graduate degrees in counseling from Hofstra University and in biblical studies from Wheaton College Graduate School. She and her husband live in Rochester, New York, and have two grown children.
“Janet brings a wealth of insight and experience from her decades ministering among students and faculty,” said president Jim Lundgren. “She has been invaluable to the movement as associate director of Collegiate Ministries, and InterVarsity is blessed to have someone so well prepared for this role.” Janet will continue to reside in Rochester, and will begin her new role on June 22.
Janet’s appointment was one of the first decisions announced by Jim, after becoming president of InterVarsity. Jim was appointed interim president by InterVarsity’s board of trustees following the announcement by former president Alec Hill that he was stepping down, due to a diagnosis of bone marrow cancer.
InterVarsity is a campus ministry that has been active on U.S. college and university campuses for almost 75 years. InterVarsity is a charter affiliate with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES), and is a charter member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).
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