Dalrymple resigns as head of Crossings to put full energies into Baptist Haiti Mission

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) – Jeff Dalrymple has resigned as president and chief executive of Crossings, the youth outreach ministry best known for its popular summer camps, to devote his full energies to Baptist Haiti Mission.

Dalrymple had joined Crossings in March 2016 shortly after former president David Melber left to join the North American Mission Board.

Dalrymple has also been giving leadership as president of Baptist Haiti Mission, a 74-year-old ministry that supports 350 Baptist churches, 380 elementary schools, a hospital near Port au Prince, and other programs, including short-term mission teams and a camp and conference ministry. The mission’s focus is to strengthen Christ’s church through pastoral training and equipping.

Crossings Vice President Lance Howerton, who has vast experience in camp ministries with Crossings and LifeWay, will serve as interim president and chief executive.

Crossing Chairman Bill Clark announced the transitions to Crossings staff in an email Thursday night.

“Thank you so much for all that you are doing to further the mission of Crossings as we partner with churches to proclaim the gospel to the next generation,” Clark wrote to the staff.

During his time with Crossings, Dalrymple oversaw the creation of the HUB, an online resource for youth and family ministry leaders, and expanded Crossings’ events and off-site camps. He also saw 677 salvation decisions and 593 calls to the ministry during camp last summer.

Before joining Crossings, Dalrymple’s experience included oversight of multiple offices at Southern Seminary, encompassing a $9 million operating budget. He served as board president of Louisville Rescue Mission and was vice president of hospitality services at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. At one point, he oversaw the D3 Youth Camp operated under the Boyce College brand.

Growing demands in his role with Baptist Haiti Missions will find Dalrymple as busy as ever. The organization is currently in a capital campaign to build a new hospital in Haiti, translate more Christian resources into the Creole language, and engage more short-term mission teams from the US in the evangelistic and church strengthening efforts in Haiti.

Baptist Haiti Missions board Chairman Ron Pierre said “in God’s providence, Jeff’s appointment came at a critical time in the history of a highly respected mission organization founded 74 years ago and currently in desperate need of revitalization. Jeff is well equipped to take what exists at BHM and bring it to the next level and beyond.”

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