An international family ministry has gone through a transition in leadership for the first time in the organization's four-decade history.
Earlier this year, Dennis Rainey – co-founder, president and CEO of FamilyLife – announced that David Robbins would succeed him as leader of the global marriage and family ministry. After a few months of transition, Robbins officially took over in early December.
Robbins assumes his new role at FamilyLife after working with its parent organization Cru, serving as national facilitator for Cru's Millennials Ministry. He says this move seems like perfect timing.
"It's a wonderful time to transition because you have a founder who has been able to do so much in four decades and really be able to transition at a time when things are going well," he shares.
Dennis Rainey co-founded FamilyLife with his wife Barbara in 1976. Robbins tells OneNewsNow as early as 10 years ago Rainey was talking to the board of directors about a leadership transition plan.
"They're deepest desire is for FamilyLife to continue to impact hundreds and thousands and millions of souls for decades to come," Robbins says. "And that's been lived out every second of the way in this transition process."
The plan is for Dennis Rainey to continue hosting the "FamilyLife Today" radio program through 2018. The couple will continue to work closely in other aspects of the ministry as well.
Meanwhile, Robbins believes he and his wife Meg are ready to tackle this new opportunity.
"We have seen firsthand how the marriage and family space is one that really opens up conversations for the gospel," he states, "and we're excited that we get to journey together with people in the most important relationship in their life."