African Leadership, Inc. announced today the addition of three new members to the board of directors: Jane Carroll of Nashville, TN, Brent Hoppe of Brentwood, TN, and Bill Mugford of Lake Forest, CA. Jane Carroll is a graduate of Vanderbilt University. She is one of the founding members of Fabulous Friends for Africa, an annual fundraiser in Franklin, Tenn. that has raised over $450,000 in seven years for education and orphan-care projects in Malawi.

Brent Hoppe is a retired Certified Public Accountant from Health Corporation of America. He is active at Brentwood Baptist Church in Brentwood, Tenn. as trustee, deacon, and Sunday school teacher. He also serves on the stewardship team, missions team, and worship team.

Bill Mugford currently serves as Pastor for Saddleback Church’s HIV/AIDS Initiative alongside Rick and Kay Warren. Bill has previously worked as both Senior and Associate Pastor, radio and television host, adjunct college educator, conference speaker, founder of the Phillip Aziz Centre for Hospice and Palliative Care, and substantive editor of the Encyclopedia of Christian Worship.

“This is yet another exciting new development at African Leadership,” says Chairman Jerry Heffel. “Jane, Brent, and Bill bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the board that will help magnify the role of the church in Africa’s communities. I greatly anticipate their contributions to our team and am confident they will continue to set African Leadership at the forefront of relevant, impactful pastoral education in Africa.”

This announcement follows the staff addition of Shaun Tomczak, former member of Contemporary Christian group Sidewalk Prophets, as Artist Community Coordinator, the sale of fashionABLE as a for-profit independent company, and the launch of African Leadership’s Common Grounds Initiative. The Initiative joins the existing Pastors Academy with community education outreaches such as the Common Grounds Handbook, Common Grounds Centers, and the Common Grounds Investment Fund, all elevating the church’s role in community.

Jane, Brent, and Bill were unanimously approved by the board: Nigerian Clement Aderemi Saseun, Director of Quality Assurance for DineEquity; Chairman Jerry Heffel, President Emeritus of The Southwestern Company; Eddy Messick, President Emeritus of African Leadership; Zimbabwean Thokozile Mkwanazi, Senior Manager of Nissan’s US & Canadian Affiliates’ Cash Management operations; and Jim O’Donnell, retired Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Corporate Secretary of ConAgra Foods.