The below is a letter sent to our friends and supporters a week or so ago announcing Reverend Daniels’ resignation as President and CEO of Mel Trotter Ministries. We thank God for Reverend Daniels’ contributions to our ministry and ask for your prayers as we continue our work – uninterrupted – under the direction of our Board of Directors and look for his replacement.
Effective September 15, 2014, Reverend Chico Daniels has resigned from his position and is no longer serving Mel Trotter Ministries as its President and Chief Executive Officer. This decision comes after much prayerful consideration.
Reverend Daniels has served Mel Trotter Ministries faithfully for more than seven years. He was instrumental in eliminating the organization’s debt against a very challenging economic background. He also developed numerous programs and services to better serve the homeless and hurting within our community. We thank him for his service and wish him the very best in his future endeavors.
We also thank Bill Jones, Vice President of Finance, Dennis VanKampen, Vice President of Programs, and Tim Swiney, Vice President of Development, for their support during this time of transition. These individuals will direct the organization and its daily operations under the leadership of the Mel Trotter Ministries’ Board of Directors.
The work of Mel Trotter Ministries is valuable and life giving, and it will continue uninterrupted during this transition thanks to our talented staff and tremendous supporters. We will continue providing more than 73,000 bed nights for men, women, and children. We will continue finding employment for more than 55 individuals. We will continue locating permanent housing for more than 115 families. We will continue expanding our services, to offer help and hope to even more individuals than we did last year. Most importantly, we will continue demonstrating the compassion of Jesus Christ daily to the hungry, homeless, and hurting within the Greater Grand Rapids area.
Should you have any concerns or questions, please contact Tim Swiney at (616) 588-8768.
With God, our foundation is firm and our future is secure. Thank you for your continued prayers and support of our ministry and its mission.
Gordon Oosting, Board of Directors Chairman
(on behalf of the entire Mel Trotter Ministries board)