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Children’s home CEO leaving for Round Rock
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After 19 years of service at South Texas Children’s Home Ministries, President and CEO Todd Roberson will leave soon to take the helm of another ministry that meets the needs of children and families.

He has been named the new president of Children At Heart Ministries in Round Rock.

Roberson will succeed Jerry T. Bradley, who is retiring after 21 years in the position.

Roberson has headed South Texas Children’s Home Ministries since 2007.

Previously, he served STCHM in several capacities including chief operating officer, vice president-development and vice president-business administration.

John Weber, chairman of the South Texas Children’s Home Ministries board, praised Roberson for his years of faithful service.

“In each position Todd has poured his entire heart, soul and considerable talents into the task,” Weber said. “He has exuded confidence, compassion, understanding and discernment. He has led us through happy times and tragic events with the same steadiness that we have come to expect. As much as I would like to tell him that he cannot leave, I have told him that it has been my privilege and pleasure to serve as his board chair, that I appreciate everything he has done for South Texas Children’s Home Ministries and the extended STCHM family, and that I will miss him and his family as they move into the next ministry the Lord has for them.”

Roberson, a native of Lubbock who grew up in Lubbock and Houston, holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Baylor University and a master of arts in religious education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Jill, have two children, a daughter Lindsey, 16, and son Parker, 14. The family attends First Baptist Church in Beeville where Roberson is chairman of deacons and holds other leadership roles.

Roberson noted the mixed emotions he and his family feel about moving from South Texas Children’s Home Ministries and Beeville.

“After 19 years, we are seriously invested in the children, staff and programs of STCHM,” he said. However, it is with a great sense of God’s moving in our hearts and lives that we believe God has called us to this new opportunity and we step forward by faith to this new point of service.” Roberson will assume his new role Sept.1.

“Todd Roberson comes to Children At Heart Ministries (CAHM) with the essential tools, credentials and reputation,” said Bill Harrison, chair of the Round Rock-based ministries’ board of trustees. “He also comes with attributes important to lead this ministry—a man who listens to God, a man who loves and involves his family in major life decisions, and a man who has compassion for hurting children and families.”

“His experience in the child care field, along with his management style and warm rapport, will be a good fit for this critically important position,” said Linda Bebee, a member of the CAHM board and chair of the president search committee.

Bradley, who plans to retire Dec. 31, is confident in his successor’s abilities to lead CAHM into the future.

“Without a doubt, I feel that Todd Roberson is the person to which I can transfer my responsibility and know that under God’s direction, Todd will be the servant that will continue this great ministry as it serves children and strengthens families.” Bradley said.

Children At Heart Ministries includes Texas Baptist Children’s Home in Round Rock, Gracewood in Houston, Miracle Farm in Brenham and STARRY in Round Rock.

On July 15, Weber and the STCHM executive committee announced that Homer Hanna of Beeville has agreed to serve as STCHM interim president and CEO as the search begins for a replacement for Roberson.

“Before I talked to Homer to see if he would take on this responsibility, I spoke with each of the members of our executive committee about who our interim should be, as well as to the chairmen of the South Texas Children’s Home and South Texas Children’s Home Land Management boards,” Weber said. “All were in agreement that we could not have a better person in this position than Homer Hanna.”

Hanna retired from South Texas Children’s Home in 2000 after 22 years of service. During his tenure, Hanna’s responsibilities included serving as child care administrator, special assistant to the president, and vice president for church relations. Additionally, he served two terms as interim president for STCH. Although retired from STCHM, Hanna currently serves part-time as a STCHM development consultant and remains active in his involvements with the Home.

“South Texas Children’s Home Ministries is successful because of the wonderful group of talented and dedicated people who do their part in every aspect of the day to day life of the home,” Weber said. “We are in marvelous shape to move forward as Homer steps in once again to serve the South Texas Children’s Home Ministries family. He will be a familiar face, both internally and publicly, as he represents the home and facilitates operations.”

Hanna is honored to play a role in moving STCHM forward. Prior to his coming to STCH in 1977, Hanna served in numerous Texas churches in the positions of youth director, assistant pastor, associate pastor and pastor. He is a graduate of Baylor University and the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also served as dean of students at the University of Corpus Christi (now Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi) from 1966 to 1970. Hanna currently resides in Beeville with his wife, Marilyn. They are members of First Baptist Church Beeville and have three children and eight grandchildren.

“When I look at the quality, Christ-centered people God has brought to STCHM in the past – all the way from the board members to the administrative staff and all those who meet the needs of children and families each day – I know God will provide for the future,” Hanna shared. “Todd and Jill have certainly been a part of that provision, and we are sorry to see them go. But they are going to a wonderful place, and we are excited to see what God has in store for them. In the interim, we will faithfully carry out God’s work until He makes His will known.”

“Homer and Marilyn Hanna are loved by everyone who knows them,” Roberson said. “I personally owe so much to Homer for the role he has played in my life, and it brings me great joy to know he will be here as I move on. I will be keeping Homer and his family and the entire STCHM family in my prayers during this period of transition for all of us.”

Hanna will remain as interim president and CEO until the STCHM board search committee finds a full-time president and CEO to lead the ministry. STCHM currently provides homes for children who need care on its campus north of Beeville, homes for single mothers and their children in Goliad, individual and family counseling services in Corpus Christi and Victoria, Christian Women’s Job Corps classes in Corpus Christi, and international child care work in the Dominican Republic.

All STCHM services are provided free of charge.

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