Dear Ren­o­varé Friend,

On Jan­u­ary 1, 2020, long-time board mem­ber and friend James Cat­ford will be installed as the new board chair for Ren­o­varé USA. He has been an invalu­able part of the Ren­o­varé fam­i­ly for years and I couldn’t be more pleased to have him in this role.

James brings his exten­sive lead­er­ship expe­ri­ence in the areas of non­prof­it, high­er edu­ca­tion, and pub­lish­ing — includ­ing senior lead­er­ship roles or board appoint­ments with Harper­Collins, Bible Soci­ety (UK), Ren­o­varé Britain and Ire­land, Appren­tice Insti­tute at Friends Uni­ver­si­ty, Ami­ty Print­ing Com­pa­ny in Chi­na (the largest pro­duc­er of Bibles in the world), and the Mar­tin Insti­tute and Dal­las Willard Research Cen­ter at West­mont College. 

It’s hard to over­state the impact Richard Fos­ter and Ren­o­varé has had on my life with God. I’m hon­ored to serve Ren­o­varé in this capac­i­ty,” James said. The cur­rent board chair Jonathan Bai­ley helped nav­i­gate the orga­ni­za­tion through tran­si­tion into a place of flour­ish­ing. The cur­rent staff and board have the right heart and skills to con­tin­ue pro­vid­ing fol­low­ers of Jesus with prac­ti­cal ways to grow spir­i­tu­al­ly. I look for­ward to what God has in store for Renovaré.” 

Jonathan Bai­ley, who has served as chair since 2014 will remain on the board and is excit­ed about this new chap­ter for the orga­ni­za­tion. James brings a wealth of lead­er­ship expe­ri­ence, but more than that he is sen­si­tive to the Holy Spir­it, has for­ti­tude and courage, and he loves peo­ple well. There is no one I’d rather have as the new board chair.” 

Oth­ers voic­ing their sup­port include Ren­o­varé founder Richard J. Fos­ter: When Ren­o­varé Britain and Ire­land launched in 2002, James was the per­son I asked to chair their board. And he’s the per­son I rec­om­mend now to chair Ren­o­varé USA.” Cur­rent vice-chair Richel­la Parham adds: It will be a delight to co-labor with James in this work we’re both pas­sion­ate about.”

We’re thank­ful for James and the work we’ll do togeth­er — and we’re thank­ful for your support.


Chris Hall
Pres­i­dent, Renovaré

📚 The 2022 – 23 Ren­o­varé Book Club

This year’s nine-month, soul-shap­ing jour­ney fea­tures four books, old and new, prayer­ful­ly curat­ed by Ren­o­varé. Now under­way and there’s still time to join.

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