For Immediate Release
Madison WI – Alec Hill, the president of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA, today announced the appointment of Paul Tokunaga to the position of Vice President and Director for Strategic Ministries, effective July 1, 2008.
In his new role, Tokunaga will provide vision and leadership to expand the impact of current strategic ministries – Staff Development/Training, International Student Ministries, Evangelism, Greek Ministries (fraternities and sororities), Nurses Christian Fellowship, and Leadership Development – and to initiate the creation of new strategic ministries.
For the past fourteen years, Tokunaga has served as InterVarsity’s National Asian American Ministries Coordinator. In that position, he has overseen significant growth of both Asian American students and staff. In addition, he has created and implemented the Daniel Project, a leadership development program that identifies and nurtures promising staff of color. Prior to his current role, Tokunaga served for a decade as InterVarsity’s Southeastern Regional Director, six years as an Area Director in Florida, three years as a Campus Staff Member, and five years with Twentyonehundred Productions (InterVarsity’s video team).
Tokunaga has a B.S. (with honors) in Journalism from Cal-State San Louis Obispo and a Master in Christian Studies (also with honors) from New College Berkeley. He has authored (or co-authored) four books with InterVarsity Press, been a plenary speaker at InterVarsity’s Urbana Student Missions Convention, served as a founding member of the Japanese American Citizens League (southeastern chapter), and is an outfielder in the Greater Atlanta Men’s Senior Baseball League. He is married to Margaret, a former staff member, and is the proud father of Sam. He succeeds Barney Ford who was appointed Vice President and Director of Advancement last September.
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