On June 4, 2022, the Ninth Summit of the Bhutanese Nepalese Christian Churches of America (BNCA), an umbrella association of Nepali-Speaking Bhutanese and Nepali churches in the United States, elected Pastor Bhadra Rai as its chairman for another three years.
According to Election Committee Coordinator Pastor Shankar Rai, Mr. Bhadra was elected as the chairman of the BNCA at the ninth summit of the BNCA held from June 2 to 4 at Messiah University in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA.
Similarly, the Ninth Summit of BNCA has elected Pastor Pushpa Rasaily as General Secretary and Pastor Subhash Luhagun as Treasurer.
According to Election Committee Coordinator Shankar Rai, the office bearers for the BNCA, Chairman, General Secretary and Treasurer have been selected from the election system while the remaining office bearers of the Central Executive Committee will be selected by the elected officials.
After being elected as the president of BNCA, Rai said that by rounding up the Nepali-speaking churches in the United States, he would inspire the expansion of God's kingdom in the United States.
According to Chairman Rai, the BNCA will have a seven-member central executive committee and a nine-member board of directors.
He called on the presidents of the Bhutanese Nepali Networking Ministry ( BNNM) and Ray of Hope to join him at the ninth BNCA Summit. "This is a start, and we will continue to hold similar events in the future, paving the way for collaboration and fellowship with other Nepali-speaking church groups, ministries, and organizations in the United States."
Newly elected Chairman Rai said that during his tenure, there are plans to encourage pastor-leaders of Bhutanese Nepali-speaking churches in the United States to pursue secular studies, seminars, and theological studies.
Pastor Bhadra Rai is also the Pastor of the Canaan Bhutanese Church in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA and is also the President of the Global Nepali Speaking Christian Fellowship (GNSCF).
First, he became a leader of the church in 2008 and was ordained a Pastor in 2011.
He did his schooling at Sun Rise Academy in Jhapa and completed +12 at Kalimpong. He also graduated from Kalimpong Government College with a degree in science. He has a wife and two daughters.
He has been living in the United States since 2008 with his family since their resettlement from the refugee camp in Nepal.
BNCA is a common association of Nepali-speaking Bhutanese Churches in the United States. Although BNCA was formed in 2011, it was registered with the US government in 2013 and gained legitimacy. Pastor John Magar is the founding president of BNCA.
Currently, 104 Nepali-Speaking Churches across the United States are affiliated with BNCA.