Director of Development
Mr. Jordan Bles serves as NBA Director of Development, working with NBA leadership and the broader staff to help realize NBA’s philanthropic goals through a comprehensive development strategy, including annual fundraising, major gifts, endowed and legacy gifts, grants and foundations, and recognition and stewardship.
Jordan comes to the NBA most recently from Church World Service, where he served as a Community Engagement Specialist based out of Des Moines, IA. His previous experience includes two political campaigns in Kentucky that included development efforts; Partners for Youth in Lexington, KY; and National Council of Churches and Church of the Brethren in Washington, D.C. He serves as a board member for On Earth Peace, a community of practice for justice and peace in New Windsor, MD. He holds degrees from Bridgewater College, American University, and Wesley Theological Seminary, where he is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry in Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue. He resides in Des Moines with his partner, Rev. Robyn Bles, and their daughter, Rosey Jo.
Getting to Know Jordan
Why do you feel "called to care" about Disciples health and social service ministry? Health and social service ministry should always be at the heart of who we are as church. Following the example of Jesus, we are called to care for those whom society has relegated to the margins. We are called not only to care with them, but to also stand alongside them, walk with them, and be in relationship with them.
Who is a hero of yours, and why?
One of the joys of working for NBA is that I get to meet new heroes everyday. From the people who have dedicated their lives to the various ministries we partner with, to the people who are walking through those ministries, they are all heroes to me, and my life is better for having known all of them.
If I tried to find you in a supermarket, what aisle would you be in?
Ha! Most of what I buy in the supermarket these days is for my daughter, Rosey Jo. So, I am either in the produce section getting berries, or the infant/toddler aisle picking up snacks.