Christian City Names Interim Executive Director of Children & Family Programs

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From Special Reports

Newnan resident Marlond Fyffe has been named Interim Executive Director of Christian City Children & Family Programs. Fyffe will provide strategic vision and direction for the Children’s Village Residential Program, Crossroads Foster Care & Adoption Program, Safe Place Runaway & Homeless Youth Program and Thrive Graduate Transition Program at Christian City.

“I am pleased to promote Marlond Fyffe to Interim Executive Director of our Children & Family Programs,” said Keith Horton, President & CEO of Christian City, Inc. “Marlond’s experience and his passion for at-risk youth have prepared him to successfully lead our Children & Family Programs. His demonstrated commitment to our mission to extend Christ’s call to love your neighbor through housing, health care, and crisis intervention for children, families, and older adults has positioned Marlond well to direct the strategic vision for our Children & Family Programs.”

Fyffe has served in various positions at Christian City over the last 17 years, most recently as Quality Assurance Specialist where he was responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining the quality of services provided by Children & Family Programs. Previously he served hundreds of youth as House Parent, Team Lead, and Crisis Manager at the Children’s Village Residential Program. As a college student in 2003, Fyffe joined Graceland Thrift Store, a retail store located on the 500-acre Christian City campus that supports Children & Family Programs through sales profits.

Fyffe’s transition to Interim Executive Director comes at a critical time for the organization. Christian City recently completed a strategic plan that will inform and guide the organization’s focus for the next three years. Fyffe is tasked with leading and implementing initiatives to enhance and expand Children & Family Programs.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to serve as a leader within an organization that extends Christ’s call to love our neighbors,” Fyffe said. “My personal mission in life is to serve God’s purpose in my generation by being an instrument of hope, a conduit of love, a voice to the voiceless, and become the kind of leader my children desire to emulate. I am so grateful to serve at an organization where there is no conflict in my mission and the corporate mission. When this type of synergy and purpose is present, God allows us to bloom where He has planted us.”

As a 20-year not-for-profit specialist, Fyffe lives with a passion for excellence and a desire to leave the world a little better than the way he found it. He believes service excellence is revealed in our language, the questions we ask, the people we surround ourselves with and the way we interact with the most vulnerable populations. More than passion, Fyffe is compelled to lead individuals and organizations to live at their highest and best.

Fyffe sums up his philosophy on service in the following passage from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1968 “The Drum Major Instinct” sermon: “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don’t have to know Einstein’s theory of relativity to serve. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.”

Fyffe graduated from Point University with a BS degree in Human Relations. His wife is his best friend, and together they are parents of two children.

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