Youth for Christ International Appoints Geordon Rendle New President
By Boaz Wadel
Youth for Christ International (YFCI), an interdenominational, Christian-based youth movement that operates in 140 countries worldwide, recently appointed Geordon Rendle president/CEO.
Mr. Rendle, who has spent almost two decades holding various Youth for Christ leadership positions in Canada and Latin America, most recently served as YFCI Americas Area Director, where he led a multi-national virtual team, who ministered to 32 countries with more than 15,000 staff and volunteers.
"Geordon has a transformative vision for the future of YFCI and his enthusiasm and desire to impact a generation are contagious," said Board Chair Sam Wolgemuth. "We are delighted to support him as we usher in the next generation of YFCI initiatives and strive to reach young people around the world with the lifesaving message of Jesus Christ.
"Geordon knows how to handle a position of this capacity and his love for young people knows no bounds," continued Wolgemuth. "He is a strong and influential leader and we are eager to work with him as the head of our international movement."
Mr. Rendle was raised by Canadian missionary parents working in prison rehabilitation programs in South America. The husband of Marilyn Rendle and father of four is an accomplished speaker, translator, triathlete, mountaineer and musician.
Mr. Rendle earned a bachelor's degree in criminology from Simon Fraser University and spent seven years working as an officer with the Saanich Police in British Columbia. He also holds a master's degree in leadership and training from Royal Roads University with an emphasis on governance of non-governmental organizations.
Founded in 1944, Youth for Christ International is a worldwide Christian movement seeking to ensure that every young person in every nation has the opportunity to be a follower of Jesus Christ and join a local church. YFCI, which hired Billy Graham as its first evangelist, consists of tens of thousands of staff and volunteers in 140 nations. The movement aims to raise a generation that will lead it into the next wave of global missions, discipleship and evangelism. For more information, visitwww.yfci.org.