Bethel Bible Village Announces the Appointment of
Rosalind Connor as President and CEO
Hixson, TN (October 22, 2018) — Bethel Bible Village Board Chair Lennie Furr and Executive Search Committee Chairman Kevin Whiteside have announced the appointment of Rosalind Connor as the organization’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Bethel is a nonprofit organization that serves children and families in crisis in the Chattanooga region.
Rosalind most recently served as Chief Operating Officer at Benefit Communications, Inc. in Nashville, TN. Her previous executive experience includes Assistant Vice President at Unum, where she served various business areas for 15 years, including Unum’s UK operation. Rosalind has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
“We are excited to welcome Rosalind Connor as the new President and CEO of Bethel,” notes Lennie Furr, Bethel’s Board Chair. “After much prayer and due diligence, it was evident that God had provided us with a strong leader, one who stood out among a field of very qualified candidates who applied for this position.”
“Rosalind comes to us with a background in business, where she excelled in her leadership roles,” Lennie adds. “Clearly, she has the expertise to take Bethel to the next level, allowing us to help more families and children in crisis at a time the need for our services is growing. Above all, Rosalind’s passion for our kids and prayerful approach to this calling make her a natural fit to lead our organization.”
Returning home to Chattanooga
Rosalind and her husband John are members of the Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal on Lookout Mountain, where they raised their two children, Sally and Jack. Rosalind has enjoyed living in Nashville for the past several years but is looking forward to moving back “home” to Chattanooga.
“I have had the privilege to serve in an executive capacity for two excellent companies in my career of 20+ years, including a multinational Fortune 500 organization” Rosalind notes. “I am excited to take the expertise I’ve gained in the business sector to lead Bethel Bible Village, a cause I believe in with my whole heart.”
“Most importantly, I feel called to Bethel,” Rosalind adds. “The lyrics from one of my favorite songs, ‘Children go where I send thee, how shall I send thee?’ speak to me so strongly at this season in my life. I am thrilled that God has sent me to Bethel at a time the organization is expanding its ministry to provide healing and hope to more families and children in crisis. I cannot wait to get started.”
Rosalind, who is the first woman to step into the role of President and CEO at Bethel, will assume her duties on Dec. 31, 2018. Cecil Hammontree, who has led Bethel during the executive search for a new president, will return to his previous role as Bethel Board Treasurer.
About Bethel Bible Village
Bethel has served the Chattanooga region for 64 years. The organization began by providing residential housing for the children of prisoners but has evolved to meet the changing needs of families and children in the Chattanooga region.
Bethel’s residential program has expanded to include intensive help for children experiencing serious emotional or behavioral issues as well as temporary housing for single parents or families in a sudden housing crisis.
Newer outreach programs include weekend retreats to meet the needs of families struggling to raise children and teens, with special sessions for grandparents raising their grandchildren and other relative caregivers, as well as blended and adoptive families.
Bethel’s 64-acre campus features an accredited middle and high school for residents, named Bethel Christian Academy. The organization does not receive government funds, but relies on donations from individuals, businesses, and foundations, who are recognized as Bethel’s “Heroes for Hope,” and through various fundraising events.
Find out how Bethel Bible Village provides healing and hope for children and families in crisis.