Human Resources and Nonprofits

World Renew names US director

August 24, 2015
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Carol Bremer-Bennett
Carol Bremer-Bennett. Courtesy World Renew

A Grand Rapids-based nonprofit that supports disaster response ministries across the globe has a new U.S. director.

World Renew, which also has an office in Canada, recently named Carol Bremer-Bennett director of its U.S. operations.

She previously served as director of Rehoboth Christian School in New Mexico. Bremer-Bennett, who has spent more than 20 years in the Rehoboth school system serving in organizational leadership, leadership development and administration, is taking over at World Renew following the retirement of former director Andrew Ryskamp. Ryskamp served in the role for 17 years.

As U.S. director, Bremer-Bennett will give overall direction to the nonprofit, lead its executive and administrative functions, and give support to World Renew’s U.S. board and U.S.-Canada Joint Ministry Council.

Bremer-Bennett is the first woman and first Native American to take the job.

“I am honored to take on the U.S. directorship at World Renew, with great joy and hope for the work that the organization accomplishes,” Bremer-Bennett said. “World Renew is a life-changing organization, showing compassion and alleviating poverty by caring for the orphaned, widowed, displaced, hungry and neediest people of the world.”

Bremer-Bennett received undergraduate degrees in both political science and education from Calvin College and holds a graduate degree from Western New Mexico University in educational leadership.

“Carol has a deep passion for justice and addressing poverty, as well as a wealth of practical experience in approaching its root causes in the North American context,” said Jodi Cole Meyer, U.S. board chair. “We are excited by her heart for empowering people and continuing World Renew’s amazing work.”

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