The board of Disciples Benevolent Services has launched a search to hire a chief executive officer and president for the organization, in line with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) executive search model. Under the leadership of former DBS board chair Pat Parvin and a consultant group, Naree Viner of Heidrick & Struggles, the search committee met Sept. 17-18 to consider a first round of candidates.
The search committee is composed of Parvin, who serves as its chair; DBS Board Chair Belva Brown Jordan; DBS Board Vice Chair Joseph Kidwell; April Lewton of Chicago Theological Seminary; and Harry Ratliff of Centennial Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in St. Louis, Mo.
The committee is represented by three clergy, two laypersons, two women, three men, and three people of color. With the search application deadline set for Oct. 15, the consultant and committee expect additional candidates to be added to the pool for consideration. Once all candidates have been evaluated, the committee will narrow the pool to two or three to recommend to the DBS board for final selection. It is anticipated that a call will be issued shortly after the beginning of next year.
For more information about the search, please contact Viner of Heidrick & Struggles at [email protected].