Meet Habitat for Humanity's New Chief Executive Officer:
Jonathan Reckford, Pastor and Veteran Business Leader
(Aug. 4, 2005) Habitat for Humanity International’s Board of Directors today named Jonathan T.M. Reckford to serve as the ministry’s chief executive officer.
Reckford, 42, takes the helm at Habitat after a corporate career and his most recent position as executive pastor of the 4,300-member Christ Presbyterian Church of Edina, Minn., a suburb of Minneapolis.
Before joining Christ Presbyterian, Reckford was president of stores for the Musicland division of Best Buy; senior vice president of corporate planning and communications for Circuit City; and director of strategic planning for Disney Design and Development. Earlier, he had held positions at the Marriott Corp., Bain and Co. and Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Rey Ramsey, board chair for Habitat for Humanity International, said the board unanimously selected Reckford based upon his track record leading complex organizations and for his personal commitment to heed Christ’s call to serve the poor and forgotten.
Former President Jimmy Carter, who served as honorary chair of Habitat’s succession planning task force, said, “Jonathan Reckford is a wonderful choice to become Habitat for Humanity’s new chief executive officer. His background in business will help Habitat navigate the economy and business climate, and his pastoral experiences will help him shepherd Habitat’s ministry and assure it continues to share and demonstrate Jesus’ teachings worldwide.
“Rosalynn and I look forward to working with thousands of other volunteers to help assure the complete success of Habitat’s worldwide ministry under Jonathan Reckford’s leadership.”
Of his selection as CEO, Reckford said: “Henry Blackaby (a pioneer missionary who heads Blackaby Ministries in Georgia) suggests we should take on God-sized tasks because then it is clear to everyone who deserves the credit. It is humbling to get to serve alongside the thousands of committed Habitat associates and volunteers to bring hope and dignity, build communities and strive toward our mission to eradicate poverty housing.”