Official Press Release Announcing New President/CEO of Lead Like Jesus

Official Press Release Announcing New President/CEO of Lead Like Jesus

Lead Like Jesus has named Richard (Rich) Cummins as its new President/CEO, effective November 2, 2020. He was offered the position after an executive search committee performed a nationwide search and interview process.

Jeff Foley, Lead Like Jesus Board Chairman, said, “The Board of Directors is thrilled to have Rich Cummins join the Lead Like Jesus team. He possesses all the character traits, leadership qualities, and passion to lead this extraordinary organization. We are genuinely excited about the future.”

Rich succeeds Phyllis Hendry Halverson who has been the organization’s only President/CEO, since 2001. Under her visionary leadership, the organization grew exponentially since its founding in 1999, equipping and empowering literally tens of thousands of adults and students globally to lead as Jesus led. This message has spread through 18 nations and 22 languages. The Lead Like Jesus Board of Directors has esteemed Phyllis with the lifetime, honorary title of President Emeritus. “It has been my blessing and privilege to serve in the Lead Like Jesus ministry with our outstanding team of staff and volunteers. I am excited to see what God will do through Lead Like Jesus in this next season.” said Phyllis.

Rich has dedicated his career to advancing the Gospel by leading in organizations within Christ-centered movements such as the Christian Music Broadcasters, City Gate Network, and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. He brings to this movement a zeal for raising up the next generation of Christian leaders in a time desperately needing service, humility, and the love of Jesus.

“Love-based leadership is necessary to bridge the divide among human hearts and heal our societal hurts in an era remarkably deficient of Jesus-like leaders,” says Rich. “I am beyond blessed to join my family with the Lead Like Jesus movement to introduce the world to the greatest leader of all time.”

Rich holds a graduate degree in Organizational Leadership from Huntington University, an undergraduate degree from Purdue University, a Certificate in Fundraising Management from Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, and a License to Minister from the International Church of Foursquare Gospel. 

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