Forgotten Voices employs nearly 30 team members in the U.S. and southern Africa. Our team is committed to serving our mission with purpose, poise and joy. Although challenges of the orphan care crisis we face loom large, we strive to remember that God doesn’t call us to be God; He calls us to be faithful. Our staff leaders and Board of Directors work together to ensure that our programs are effective, and that our work reflects the Christian character and values on which the organization was founded.
Read these updates from Board Chair Steve Proctor regarding an upcoming leadership transition:
Jan. 19, 2018
We find ourselves in a season of significant change here at Forgotten Voices, and we’re reminded of God’s sovereignty by Ecclesiastes 3:1 — “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…”
After shaping the vision and operations of Forgotten Voices for the past thirteen years and helping to establish more than 100 church partnerships serving children and families in southern Africa, Ryan Keith has announced that he will be leaving his role as president of our organization, effective May 31, 2018. However, at the invitation of our Board of Directors, Ryan will continue to support the ongoing work of Forgotten Voices and its new staff leaders by joining the board when he steps down from his current role. In July, Ryan will begin serving as a pastor at his local church, West Shore Free Church, where he will shepherd initiatives to listen to the community, strengthen families and care for vulnerable children in central Pennsylvania.
While we are saddened by this loss for Forgotten Voices, we are excited by how God will continue to work both through Ryan at the local church level, and through our organization internationally. We ask you to pray for Ryan and his family as he undertakes this new challenge in response to God’s calling, and for Forgotten Voices as we seek to follow God’s will in this new season of leadership.
Along with the other members of Forgotten Voices’ Board of Directors, I remain personally committed to the mission, vision and values that Ryan and many other staff and volunteers have helped to shape. To support this transition, we have enlisted Paul Crossman as a leadership resource. Paul formerly served with us as a board member of Forgotten Voices, and he offers years of nonprofit experience, as well as executive coaching expertise. Paul will serve alongside Ryan and current staff members to provide counsel and oversight for the transition process throughout the next several months.
If you have questions about our transition process, please feel free to reply to this message or email [email protected]. On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff, thank you for your prayers and continued support as we discern God’s way forward for Forgotten Voices!
Steve Proctor, Forgotten Voices Board Chair
Feb. 20, 2018
For more than 10 years I have had the opportunity to serve as the Chair of the Forgotten Voices International (FVI) Board of Directors. During this time it has been my privilege to serve with an outstanding group of board members who have volunteered to govern the organization and grow it to the point of serving thousands of children annually. From the beginning the FVI Board has endeavored to remain true to the mission of Forgotten Voices and to provide for the children God has entrusted to our care. God has been good, and we are grateful for His blessings throughout our brief history.
As we enter a period of transition from the leadership of our founding CEO, Ryan Keith, I want to assure you that the values of FVI remain firm and the model of engagement with local churches will continue to be the hallmark of this ministry. Above all, the board and staff in the US and in Africa remain clearly focused on reflecting the life and teachings of Jesus in all that we do.
The six-month advance notice that Ryan has graciously provided and the assurance of his future involvement on the board has given the FVI board an opportunity to reflect and carefully review the way we deliver services now and in the future. This process is typical for any change in leadership, and it is especially important when the transition occurs following the tenure of the founding leader of an organization. The board is moving with all deliberate speed, but we also understand the need for patience as we follow God’s leading.
Thank you for your past support of the Forgotten Voices mission. We are grateful for the strong showing of faith and continued support from our donors during this time of transition. We humbly ask for your prayers and continued support in the weeks and months ahead, as we remain faithful to God’s call to reach out to meet the needs of vulnerable children.
Steve Proctor, Chair
Forgotten Voices International
Staff in Africa
Staff in the United States