Dow named as Everence Vice President of Community and Church Development
Will focus on organization’s service to emerging diverse communities and congregations
Everence® has named Leonard Dow as its Vice President of Community and Church Development, effective March 31, 2021.
Dow first joined Everence in 2017 as a Stewardship and Development Specialist, helping to create the organization’s urban market business plan – resulting in the establishment of a new Everence Financial office and team in Philadelphia. In his new role, Dow will lead the Everence efforts to serve emerging diverse communities and churches that historically have been underserved.
“We’re very excited to add this important position to our leadership team and organization, and for Leonard to further bring his expertise and talents to our work,” said Ken Hochstetler, Everence President and CEO. “As our community and church demographics change, it is essential that Everence continue to take steps to build authentic relationships in all of the communities where we live and serve.”
In making this transition, Dow will continue to lead the Everence team in Philadelphia – and will add responsibilities as a member of the Everence Senior Leadership Team, as well as President of Everence Community Investments, LLC. Launched in 2020, Everence Community Investments, LLC (also known as ECI) is intended to re-envision and revitalize the organization’s community economic development activities, and to serve individuals typically left out of the formal financial system.
“Leonard has already helped us develop and implement important strategies to serve urban churches,” said Rod Diller, Senior Vice President of Sales and Distribution. “We have no doubt he will continue to utilize his vision, commitment and creativity to further help Everence walk alongside those wanting to align their faith and values with their decisions about money.”
Prior to joining Everence, Dow served as Pastor of Oxford Circle Mennonite Church in Philadelphia, and Board Chair of Oxford Circle Christian Development Association. He worked in the banking industry for 12 years – with Univest and United Bank of Philadelphia – before joining the ministry in 1999. He is a former member of the Everence Federal Credit Union board of directors. He currently serves on the board of directors for The City School, Missio Seminary and The Common Place. Dow is a graduate of Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg, Virginia), and lives in Northwest Philadelphia with his wife, Rosalie, and three adult children.
Everence helps individuals, organizations and congregations integrate finances with faith through a national team of professionals. Everence offers banking, insurance and financial services with community benefits and stewardship education. To learn more, visit everence.com or call (800) 348-7468.