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Fyffe named interim head of Christian City children, family programs

  • By Clay Neely
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  • Jul. 09, 2020 - 6:02 PM

Fyffe named interim head of Christian City children, family programs

Newnan resident Marlond Fyffe has been named interim executive director of Christian City’s children and family programs.

Newnan resident Marlond Fyffe has been named interim executive director of Christian City’s children and family programs.

Fyffe will provide strategic vision and direction for the Children’s Village Residential Program, Crossroads Foster Care and Adoption Program; Safe Place Runaway and Homeless Youth Program; and Thrive Graduate Transition Program at Christian City.

Keith Horton, president and CEO of Christian City Inc, said he was pleased to promote Fyffe into the position.

“Marlond’s experience and his passion for at-risk youth have prepared him to successfully lead our children and family programs,” Horton said. “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 and family programs.”

Fyffe has served in various positions at Christian City over the last 17 years, most recently as quality assurance specialist. In that position, he was responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining the quality of services provided by children and family programs.

Previously, Fyffe 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 and 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 and 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,” Fyffe added. “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 said he has a passion for excellence and a desire to leave the world a little better than the way he found it. He said 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 said he is compelled to lead individuals and organizations to live at their highest and best.

Fyffe summed 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 bachelor degree in human relations. He and his wife are the parents of two children.