Ablaze Ministries welcomes Adam Brill as new Director of Development

Ablaze Ministries welcomes Adam Brill as new Director of Development

Today, Adam Brill joins Ablaze Ministries in Bryan, Texas as their new Director of Development. Adam comes to Ablaze from Chicago, where he recently completed a Masters of Liturgical Studies at The Liturgical Institute at the University of St. Mary of the Lake. As the Director of Development, Adam will oversee all fund development efforts for Ablaze as well as fundraising training of all of their missionaries.

Executive Director, Matt Rice sees tremendous potential for Ablaze Ministries as a result of Adam joining the team. “Ablaze is at a very exciting point in our history. What started as a dream of mine to support Catholic youth ministers in my area is now poised to make major moves across the country. Our donors have been so supportive and have been encouraging us to look at expanding our ministry to new areas. Adam is a key component in that growth.”

Originally from the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Adam and his family are happy to move back to Texas. Not a stranger to building support for a nonprofit organization, Adam headed up operations and fundraising for his Ultimate Frisbee Club while an undergraduate at the University of Dallas. “I loved playing Ultimate during my time at UD, but the program was in danger of collapsing when I was a freshman. I knew that someone had to step up and make the necessary changes in order to keep things going and to continue after I left. All my experiences have instilled in me a desire to apply hard work and sound business principles to my future ministry activities. I can’t wait to dive into my role as Director of Development for Ablaze.”

Adam will be in charge of all of the annual fund and major gift fundraising activities for Ablaze. This will include overseeing all donor communications, coordinating the annual Ablaze Banquet and expanding the base of support for the organization.

“The Ablaze model for youth ministry works,” says Matt. “More and more people are learning about us and are very interested in working together. I am regularly fielding calls from priests who want us to expand our ministry to serve their dioceses and parishes. This growth will require additional funds and ministry partners. There will be a lot of opportunity for Adam in his new role.”

Matt also recognizes that he couldn’t have brought in Adam without some help. “I am grateful to Andrew and Dan for all the support that they gave us in finding and interviewing Adam. What sealed the deal for me was knowing that Adam and I will have ongoing training and support from Andrew. I’m not sure that my Board or I would have felt as confident to make this move without the plan that Petrus laid out for us.”

Adam will stay busy in his new role as well as when he’s not working. In addition to a love for playing Ultimate Frisbee, Adam enjoys a number of hobbies and spending quality time with family and friends. Additionally, Adam and his wife Olivia just welcomed their first child into their family.

“This is a pretty crazy time for us, but my wife and I are so excited to be joining Matt and the whole Ablaze team. God has big plans for this ministry and I feel blessed to be able to be a part of that.”

To learn more about the mission of Ablaze Ministries, visit www.ablazeyouth.org. To connect directly with Adam, send a note to adam@ablazeyouth.org.


The mission of Ablaze Ministries is to implement the U.S. Bishops’ vision of comprehensive youth ministry, by engaging, nurturing, and empowering discipleship in young people, ministers and volunteers, as well as within families.


Since 2005, Petrus Development has worked with over 100 faith-based organizations to recruit and train development officers. If your organization needs help hiring a development officer, contact Dan Moraczewski at dan@petrusdevelopment.com.


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