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 this special update from Board Chair Steve Proctor from Jan. 19, 2018 regarding an upcoming leadership transition:
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
Staff in Africa
Staff in the United States