Tom Lin

President and Chief Executive Officer, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Madison, Wisconsin

Became Trustee

Career Summary
Tom Lin was commissioned as the eighth president of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA in 2016.

Tom served with InterVarsity/USA from 1994 to 2001, planting new student chapters at Harvard University and Boston University, developing new national fundraising strategies, and designing national training for InterVarsity staff.

From 2002 to 2006, he helped establish an evangelical student movement in Mongolia and served as the country director for the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students in Mongolia. Tom and his family moved back to the United States in 2006 when he became regional director for InterVarsity’s Central Region, overseeing undergraduate campus ministry in Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska.

From 2011 to 2016, Tom served as the director of missions and director of the Urbana Student Missions Conference. He led a team that oversaw 25 short-term urban projects, study abroad ministry, long-term collaborative partnerships in over 100 countries, training students and staff in missions, new global initiatives, and Urbana.

Tom has served as a missions consultant for various organizations and is frequently invited to speak in the United States and around the world. From 2005 to 2014 he served as vice chair on the board of Wycliffe Bible Translators, and he has also served recently on the boards of Missio Nexus and Leadership & Legacy Foundation. He currently serves on the board of Crowell Trust and as the North American Regional Director for the Lausanne movement.

Tom is the author of Pursuing God’s Call (2012) and Losing Face, Finding Grace (1996), both published by InterVarsity Press, as well as co-editor of the Urbana Onward book series (2012). He has a BA in Economics from Harvard University and an MA in Global Leadership from Fuller.

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