About

Who is Reliant?

We were born in 1989 as a mission support agency for a small group of campus church planters. A lot's changed since then! (Less stonewashed jeans, for one).

Today we mobilize church planters and missionaries across like-minded missional groups and church-planting networks. As we've expanded our partnerships, we've adopted a new name. Yet our devotion to Jesus' command to "Go and make disciples..." remains. It's who we are.

Leadership

Barb Seckler

Barb Seckler

Employment Services Manager

Local Church Home: Vista Community Church
Joined Reliant office in: 2003
I love Reliant because: I work alongside and serve amazing people, who are wonderful examples of Christ to our world.
A favorite scripture of mine is:  Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6.
My mother shared this verse with me at a young age and has prayed this verse over my life so it holds very special meaning to me.
I spend my free time: I am a wife and mom of 2 terrific kids. In my free time we are usually outdoors enjoying the beautiful Florida sunshine (except in the summer, June-August we hibernate inside in our house with the cool AC).
Right this minute I'm probably: Looking at spreadsheets with lots of numbers on them (this is fun for me though - I'm a math nerd).

I am responsible for…

I make sure Reliant's day to day payroll, benefits, and other employment functions are running smoothly. I reconcile the payment of all our insurance bills, 401K retirement contributions, HSA contributions and payroll taxes. I work alongside an amazing team of administrative and customer service superstars to ensure the highest standards of accuracy, accountability and transparency go into everything we process and oversee.

I lead today because…

I started as a campus missionary at the University of Missouri with the Collegiate Church Network. I was a student in the ministry while in college and my life was transformed. Upon graduating, I had a strong heart to mentor young women and lead mission trips. After a few years in campus ministry, my heart for reaching the world lead me to the Reliant office in 2003 to serve as a Short-term Missions Coordinator. I served in the mission department for about a year and a half and then transitioned to the Reliant finance department. I started out as the payroll coordinator and worked my way up to the role of Finance manager. I loved working in the finance dept and served there many years, until Reliant's growth revealed a need for a new department specifically focused on providing payroll and benefits to an expanding number of missionaries. I have always loved the payroll process from my first days in the finance dept and over the years I had worked closely with the HR team on the processing of benefits. Therefore, it was an exciting challenge to lead a new team called Employment Services and take over the day to management of our employment and benefits functions, while continuing to oversee the monthly payroll processes and accountable reimbursement plan.
I have a BS in Business Administration from the University of Missouri. My favorite classes in college were accounting classes, which serves me well in my current role, as I do a lot of reconciliation and looking at the numbers behind our processes.

I am motivated by…

I've been involved in this ministry for over 20 years, and have a deep connection to the personal lives and ministries of the missionaries I serve. I love hearing stories of how God is using them in their areas of calling. It inspires me every day knowing that that the work I do ensures these amazing men and women of faith can rely on Reliant for their ministry's administrative support system.