David Robbins began his work as President and CEO at FamilyLife on December 1, succeeding the ministry’s co-founder, Dennis Rainey, who has helped strengthen tens of millions of marriages and families in 109 countries for more than four decades.
“Today officially begins a new chapter for Meg and me,” he tweeted, referring to his wife. “As we join to serve the @FamilyLifeToday team, we are grateful for the amazing people there & for the gracious mentorship from @DennisRainey & @BarbaraRainey. Prayers welcome in this transition season!”
As a 17-year veteran of Cru, Robbins has served in a variety of capacities, including overseas team leader in Pisa, Italy, and national director of Campus Field Ministries, overseeing 175 field staff on 17 locations for campus ministries in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi.
Most recently, Robbins served as a national facilitator for Cru’s Millennials Ministry, which he and his wife launched in 2012. The initiative targeting 20-somethings quickly grew to reach a network of 1,000 millennials in New York and spread nationwide, establishing teams in 15 other cities across the U.S.
Robbins was announced as the new President & CEO of FamilyLife in August – about one year after FamilyLife’s 40th anniversary celebration in July 2016, when Rainey shared with staff a plan to begin a leadership transition, and requested prayer as the board and executive leadership team worked to identify his successor.
“I have observed that the tendency of ministry founders is to stay in the seat for too long and not make room for fresh leadership,” said Rainey, who co-founded FamilyLife with his wife, Barbara, in 1976. As early as 2007, Rainey initiated conversations with the FamilyLife board of directors about a leadership transition plan he felt needed to take place near his 70th birthday (in 2018).
“If we want to effectively reach and support the coming generations of marriages and families, we need a leader who is committed to the authority of the Scriptures, and is uniquely connected to and understanding of the issues associated with those generations,” said Rainey in a press release. “Barbara and I are fully confident that David and his wife, Meg, embody the commitment, experience, passion and vision needed to lead FamilyLife into the future.”
At least through 2018, Rainey will continue to host FamilyLife Today®, which can be heard in all 50 states over more than 1,100 radio stations, reaching an estimated audience of 1.6 million weekly listeners. In addition, Rainey will mentor new leadership, speak, and write. Barbara will continue in her passion to equip women, wives, and moms to pass on their faith through her Ever Thine Home blog and resources.
FamilyLife is a ministry of Cru.
By NRB Staff
Published: December 7, 2017