Bryon McLaughlin has joined the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth (SCLs) as the religious Community’s new director of communications, effective Feb. 3.
Of his new position, Bryon says, “This job represents the convergence of several roles that I enjoy and find challenging: communications, management and archival record-keeping. Most importantly, I appreciate and respect the mission of the Sisters, and I look forward to sharing their stories and helping perpetuate their spirit.”
Bryon has almost 25 years’ experience in communications with expertise in publications, social media, website content management and video production. He served as communication coordinator and executive editor for the Church of the Nazarene USA/Canada Regional Office. He was the founding and executive editor of Grace & Peace Magazine, distributed to 15,000 congregational leaders across the region. Much of his work with the Church of the Nazarene focused on justice issues, multicultural ministry and missions/outreach. Bryon received national awards, including two Telly awards for video, and also an award from the Associated Church Press for “Best New Print Publication.” He also served as an assistant archivist and has helped develop a book and materials on Church history.
Most recently, Bryon worked as supervisor of quality control and training within the National Benefits Center with offices in Lee’s Summit, Mo., and Overland Park, Kan. His work there supported the mining of data to facilitate the process of immigrants becoming citizens. Bryon earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southern Nazarene University, Bethany, Okla. His studies concentrated on religion, history and communications.
Bryon resides in Lee’s Summit, Mo., with his wife Judy. The couple has four adult children. When he’s not busy with work, Bryon enjoys reading mystery and crime novels (and loves to get suggestions for further reading).
The new SCL communications director fills the role held for several years by Therese Horvat, who is semi-retiring. Therese is working part-time with the SCLs through February and then will revert to independent status with the Sisters.