SELMA, AL - Rev. Joe Lisenby of Greenville, AL, is the new Interim President and CEO of the United Methodist Children's Home, Alabama and West Florida. Board Chair Luke Coley of Mobile, AL, made the announcement. Rev. Lisenby began overseeing the agency on July 22.
"I am grateful to God for giving us someone of Joe's caliber and experience to lead us through this transition," said Coley, who was elected Chair of the Children's Home Board on July 19. "This decision by the Board was unanimous."
Lisenby became a member of the Children's Home Board of Directors in 1996 and was elected as Chair in 1999. He kept that position until he retired from the Board in 2003.
"I have a great, great passion for the Children's Home. I have just a great, great love for the ministry that this agency represents across Alabama and Northwest Florida," said Lisenby from his home in Greenville, AL. "I am honored to be asked to be a part of this effort once again."
Rev. Lisenby is now a retired elder (minister) of the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC). Since retirement, he has served churches in transition. Until a new CEO is installed, Rev. Lisenby will exclusively work with the Children's Home that serves hundreds of children and families each year.
In his career with the UMC, Rev. Lisenby served as District Superintendent to the Troy District, the Greenville District and briefly as interim to the Montgomery/Opelika District.
Rev. Lisenby will continue to live in Greenville, AL, commuting to the agency's headquarters in Selma, AL, while the Board carries out a search for a permanent CEO.
From Selma, he will oversee programs serving children and families in Florence, Cottondale, Anniston, Scottsboro, Selma, Dothan, Headland, Troy, Andalusia, Mobile, Evergreen and Bay Minette, AL, and also Milton, FL.
The agency's programs include family preservation, group homes, foster care training and support, adoption support services, a family resource center and more.
Mike Galloway, formerly the agency's President & CEO since 2003, was honored at the recent Children's Home Board meeting in Selma, AL. In July, he will start as CEO of the Florida United Methodist Children's Home in Enterprise, FL.