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Christian City names new CEO

  • By Clay Neely
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  • Jul. 09, 2019 - 11:19 PM

Christian City names new CEO

Photo courtesy of Christian City

Christian City has named its new chief executive officer. 

Atlanta resident Keith Horton will officially join the organization on July 17, 2019, and will be responsible for the implementation of all operational strategies on the Christian City campus.

Horton replaces former Christian City CEO Len Romano who retired in the spring. Romano served as CEO from December 2015 until March 2019. 

Horton brings 11 years of experience in child welfare, including service as the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Human Services, where he established Georgia’s first 24-hour child welfare intake center. Horton has also worked at the Department of Juvenile Justice, both at the local and state level. 

“We are delighted and excited to welcome Keith Horton to Christian City,” said Delores Epps, chairperson of Christian City board of trustees. “We are confident that Keith’s energy and passion for children will elevate the mission of Christian City in metro Atlanta and beyond. We look forward to working with Keith to provide life-changing hope through faith, community and care.”

Prior to his new role at Christian City, Horton was the delivery director at First Data where he led a team of 15 experts to conduct verification and validation of the state of New York’s $1 billion Integration of Eligibility Systems.

“I am very excited at the opportunity to serve as the leader of an organization that extends Christ’s call to love our neighbors. Christian City has a rich heritage of meeting the needs of others,” Horton said. 

“It is our goal to be known throughout the state as the premier organization of innovative and caring professionals who provide exceptional services to senior adults and vulnerable individuals and families.”

 Horton served in the United States military for 20 years, including his position as deputy director of the Combat Arms Force Management Division for the Pentagon. He retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2006. He is also very active in his church, serving as associate pastor.