Vice President of Missions and Director of Urbana, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA
Tom Lin loves planting ministries nationwide and internationally, and is passionate about mobilizing people to serve God’s global mission.
After graduating from Harvard in 1994, Tom planted new InterVarsity chapters at Harvard and Boston University, worked as a HR director of a Fortune 500 company, and served as a leadership pastor in San Francisco. From 2002-2006, Tom planted and served as IFES country director of the Mongolian student movement.
He is the author of Losing Face, Finding Grace and Pursuing God’s Call. Tom also currently serves as Lausanne international deputy director for North America, is a board member of Missio Nexus and Leadership and Legacy Foundation, and is former vice-chairperson of the board of Wycliffe Bible Translators.
If we are going to be people who put ourselves in service of Christ and His mission in the world, then we must be willing to face the reality of what Ferguson represents to our Black brothers and sisters.
We do Urbana because there is a need for Urbana. As we look around the world, there is urgency in challenging this generation to engage globally, to grasp biblical foundations of mission, and to discern vocational calling in the midst of the world’s needs.
God has a mission. God has acted in history—and is still acting now—to reconcile people from every nation and all of creation to himself. He is the primary agent of his mission. He began his mission, and he continues to work it out in greater love and power than we can imagine.
I asked her a question as our time concluded, “If there’s one thing you tell this generation of students and young adults, what would you say?” She didn’t hesitate. “I want them to know that we need people to come here and die for Christ.”