Dr. Paul Maxfield to Retire in 2019

Every ministry and organization has moments when significant change is upon the horizon. Children of Promise is at such a point, and in this letter we share the following news regarding the future of Children of Promise.

Earlier this year, Dr. Paul Maxfield submitted his retirement date of September 30, 2019, to the Board of Directors. The staff and global program directors have been informed, and it is now time to share the news with you, our sponsors, donors, and friends.

The Board of Directors has appointed a search team, chaired by Jeff Jenness, President of Servant Solutions, and has already begun organizing and preparing for the work of discerning whom God is calling to be the next executive director. In the coming weeks, the search committee will be announcing the details and timeline of the search process.

We want to assure all of you that the Board of Directors is committed to the sponsored children. The program will continue on and the children will continue to receive benefits just like they do now. This will not change.

Please join us in praying for the search team, the staff, the program directors, and the Board as this important transition takes place.

Dale VanHoose, President
Children of Promise Board of Directors

From Dr. Maxfield to the Board of Directors:

Paul shares some of the thoughts and impressions that have led to this decision in the following statement.

“Brenda and I have given this a lot of prayer, thought, and discussion, and we believe it is the right decision. We believe God has made it clear to us that it is time to hand the leadership of Children of Promise to the next person whom God will provide to oversee the ministry of Children of Promise.

I have full trust and confidence that Children of Promise will continue to grow and expand, and that even brighter days are ahead for this ministry in the years to come. It is also time for Brenda and I to move into a new phase of our lives and walk into what God has for us in the future.

This will be a big adjustment for me because I love this ministry, I love the directors, I love the sponsors, I love the volunteers, and I love, most of all, the children we serve together.

It has been the greatest privilege of my life to serve in this position. I have enjoyed every minute, every visit, every interview, every trip, every meeting, and every speaking engagement. It has truly been a deeply rewarding experience to lead this ministry. To help vulnerable children have opportunities to become what God intends for them to be has been a singular honor.

I want to be very clear in assuring you that the decision to retire is not the result of any problems or disagreements with anyone, including the Board of Directors, staff, or program directors. My relationships with all the team players at Children of Promise have been wonderful, satisfying, and inspiring. It is simply time to hand the leadership to the next servant.

When Brenda and I first came to Children of Promise in 2003, there were programs in 14 countries, with between 2,200 and 2,300 children sponsored. Today, about 4,600 children in 29 countries are receiving nutrition, education, health care, and spiritual nurture. God has blessed all of our efforts together to help children.

Thank you for the amazing support and prayers and sacrificial giving that so many of you have offered to the ministry of Children of Promise. I am excited to see what God has in store for the next chapter in the story of God’s grace that is Children of Promise.”

Dr. Paul L. Maxfield
Executive Director
Children of Promise