After an extensive and prayerful search, the board of directors of Children of Promise is pleased to announce the selection of Mike and Heather Webb as the next co-directors of Children of Promise, the child sponsorship ministry of the Church of God. As longtime Church of God missionaries to Africa and, most recently, regional coordinators for Global Strategy to Africa, the Webbs possess the heart, cross-cultural ministry experience, and gifts necessary to fill the vacancy left by Paul Maxfield when he retires on September 30.
Children of Promise board chair, Dale VanHoose, says, “Within the treasured Children of Promise history of founders Sidney and Jean Johnson, and then Paul and Brenda Maxfield, we celebrate as the Webb’s take on the leadership mantle as a couple. The board of directors is very pleased to have Mike and Heather Webb as our new co-directors, replacing Dr. Paul Maxfield when he retires. Mike and Heather have an extensive background with the Church of God and will serve well as the leaders of Children of Promise.”
As regional coordinators for Africa, Mike and Heather Webb supervise and provide care and support for Global Strategy personnel in Africa. They have been instrumental in the development, implementation, and evaluation of Global Strategy projects in Africa. Also in Africa, they have led the church leaders to pursue holistic health and unity. Widely loved and respected by the African leaders of the Church of God and other Global Strategy missionaries, they’d also previously served for three years at HEART (Warner University). There they helped train future missionaries for commissioning to all parts of the world. From 2007 to 2012, the Webbs served as career missionaries to Tanzania, where they coordinated the TEE (Theological Education by Extension) program.
Additional cross-cultural background, combined with their educational background, more than qualify the Webbs for the new role.
“What an incredible blessing to welcome Mike and Heather Webb as the next directors of Children of Promise,” Jeff Jenness, president of Servant Solutions, explains.
Jeff, who also chaired the Children of Promise search committee, couldn’t be more pleased in the results. “During the search process, the search committee was overwhelmed by how wide and how deep the pool of candidates who possessed remarkable gifts was. Throughout the work, the search committee felt the guidance of the Lord. We spent significant time in prayer and in seeking the Lord’s will. And today, we sense affirmation with the selection of the Webbs and their acceptance of this important task. I invite all of our Children of Promise partners to join us in praying for and encouraging Mike and Heather as they are installed this summer.”
Dr. Paul Maxfield will retire on September 30, 2019, after sixteen years of leading Children of Promise. Preceding Dr. Maxfield and his wife Brenda (co-directors from 2003–2007) were the founders and co-coordinators of Children of Promise, Drs. Jean and Sidney Johnson (1992–2003).
Dr. Maxfield says of the Webb’s selection, “I am thrilled that Mike and Heather will be leading Children of Promise into the next chapter of ministry. On every front, their ministry preparation, experiences, and relationships have prepared them for directing this ministry to children in need around the world. I look forward to working with them in the transition. They have my full support and prayers as they take the mantle of leadership.”
The Webbs have a daughter, Madalyn (Maddy), age 8. Please join all of us at Children of Promise in welcoming and praying for Mike, Heather, and Maddy.
Learn more about Children of Promise at www.echildrenofpromise.org.