As was shared in the Presidential Announcement, NSP is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Hopson as the second President of NSP, effective January 2017. This role was delegated by Warren Willis because of the need to divide the responsibilities between the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President, as we anticipate incredible growth as an organization in the coming years. Warren will continue serving as CEO to provide the direction for the company and serve as primary external representative and ambassador. Mark, as President will direct the day-to-day operations of both field and administrative functions of the ministry. We are more than confident in Mark’s leadership as he steps into this role.
As Mark transitions toward this new position starting January 15, 2017, he will be training Heather Barnes, a valuable leader in the Illinois School Project team for the past 6 years, as the next Illinois School Project Director, of whom he says:
"Heather was the first student NSP coached in the Chicago area in 2010 when she signed up to be trained to reach her peers at Palatine High School for Christ. When the Lord closed the door on her going to California for college to work with NSP out there, Heather began praying in faith for God to bring the ministry to IL. Since then, Heather has been instrumental in the tremendous fruit ISP has experienced. She is a founding member of the ISP leadership team and has handled a broad set of responsibilities from day one. She started the ISP Chapter at Moody Bible Institute and has directed ISP’s work in inner-city Chicago, Harper High School, the Southwest Suburbs, and our Fundraiser Banquets.”
Our National School Project leadership team has the highest confidence in Heather and we are excited to see the Lord take the Illinois ministry further under her leadership. What an incredible accomplishment that Heather will be the first person to have been coached by NSP in high school to go on to become an NSP State Director. We hope and pray that this represents incredible future ministry possibilities to high school students all around the country: they too could become a NSP missionary to an entire state right out of college!
“I’m very humbled to take on this new role and excited to serve! My heart is filled with urgency to see the lost students in our nation find new life in Christ,” says Heather of the position, “I’m looking forward to tackling this mission field together by praying big, acting boldly and trusting fully that our BIG God can do ‘immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine!’ And I’m excited to now serve the state of Illinois through equipping others like I once was to reach their campuses for Christ.”
Please join us in praying for Mark as he transitions as the new NSP President and for Heather as she prepares for her role as the ISP Director.