Board of Trustees Elects Russell Martin to be the Next President of Missouri Baptist Children's Home

The Missouri Baptist Children’s Home Board of Trustees elected Russell L. Martin to be the next President of MBCH during their meeting on April 22. Dr. Raymond R. Kenison had announced his retirement at the January Board meeting and the Board voted then to name Martin the “Interim President” while they sought a permanent individual for the leadership of the Home. Martin comes to this position with a long history of dedicated and effective service to the Children’s Home. He joined the staff of MBCH in June, 1977 as the Business Manager. For more than thirty years he has worked side-by-side with President Kenison to make God’s vision for the Children’s Home a reality. As the agency grew, Martin began playing a bigger and bigger role in the leadership of Missouri Baptist Children’s Home – becoming the Executive Vice President and Treasurer in 1997 and the President of MBCH Children and Family Ministries in 2003. He also serves as the Vice President and Treasurer of the MBCH Foundation, MBCH Properties and the MBCH Professional Development Institute. When The LIGHT House affiliated with MBCH Children and Family Ministries, Martin was named President of that agency. Not only has Russell Martin been a leader in the growth of MBCH, he is also influential and highly respected throughout the child welfare community. He is a member of the Board of the Missouri Coalition for Children’s Agencies, serves as Treasurer of the Missouri Alliance of Children and Families and is an Accreditation Commissioner for the Council on Accreditation. Russell Martin and his wife, Shirley, have three sons – Brian, Trevor and Jordan – and five grandchildren. Missouri Baptist Children’s Home operates 3 residential campuses in Bridgeton, Mt. Vernon and Peculiar, Missouri. Offices for foster care management are located in Jefferson City, Kansas City, Springfield and Joplin in addition to the corporate headquarters in Bridgeton. Martin will officially become President of Missouri Baptist Children’s Home on July 1, 2014.

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