Campus Crusade For Christ Founder And President Bill Bright Announces His Successor

Campus Crusade for Christ
Wednesday, 26 July 2000

Bright Introduces Steve Douglass as Organization's Next President to Ministry Staff Worldwide from Amsterdam Via Satellite at 3 p.m. Today

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS, July 26, 2000 – After nearly five decades of leading one of the world's largest international ministries, William R. "Bill" Bright, founder and president of Campus Crusade for Christ International, announced to his worldwide staff today the man chosen to succeed him as president—Steve Douglass.

"I have thought and prayed about this decision for many years, and count it a privilege to see such a strong, devoted man respond to the challenge of leading Campus Crusade for Christ into the next millennium," Bright said. "My wife, Vonette, and I are fully confident that Steve, with whom we have worked for more than 30 years, knows and understands our movement as well as anybody, and better than most. He genuinely seeks to honor our Lord in his actions and decisions."

Bright and Douglass are among approximately 150 national and international Campus Crusade for Christ leaders who will be attending the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's Amsterdam 2000 Conference for Preaching Evangelists, which runs July 29 – August 6. Consequently, Bright decided to hold his annual international directors' meetings in Amsterdam several days prior to the evangelists' conference, where he also planned to announce the new president. Bill and Vonette Bright, close friends of Dr. and Mrs. Billy Graham for more than 50 years, will serve as plenary and seminar speakers during the Amsterdam 2000 conference.

"I am very humbled to be selected to be president of Campus Crusade for Christ," says Douglass. "Only God could equip a person for this task, and I am well aware of that. Please join me in praying that He will guide me, my wife, Judy—and all of our leaders—as we embrace the new opportunities He gives us."

Douglass, who currently serves as executive vice president and director of U.S. Ministries for Campus Crusade for Christ, was recommended by Bright and unanimously approved by the ministry's board of directors in June.

Douglass will immediately begin to work alongside Bright in a transitional role, and then assume the full post and authority on or before August 1, 2001. At that time, Bright, now 78, will officially retire as president, and continue to serve as chairman of the board of directors.

In addition, Bright, who was awarded the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion in 1996, will also devote his time to promoting a worldwide emphasis on fasting and prayer for spiritual revival and the fulfillment of the Great Commission, which calls Christians to share their faith with the world (Matthew 28:19,20). He also plans to write ministry curriculum and produce training videos for Campus Crusade's International Leadership University.

As a 30-year veteran of Campus Crusade for Christ, Douglass, 55, has served on the ministry's board of directors since 1987. He also serves on the boards of directors for Mission America and Vision Orlando. Douglass is a frequent evangelistic speaker, Bible teacher, and the author of several books, including Managing Yourself, Enjoying Your Walk with God, and How to Achieve Your Potential and Enjoy Life. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received his master's from Harvard Business School, graduating in the top 2 percent of his class.

Douglass and his wife, Judy, have been married for 25 years and have three children, Debbie, Michelle and Josh. Judy has been a staff member of Campus Crusade for Christ since 1964. She is the founding editor of Campus Crusade for Christ's award-winning magazine, Worldwide Challenge, and an author of three books. The Douglasses live in Orlando, Fla.

Campus Crusade for Christ International, founded by Bill and Vonette Bright in 1951, is one of the largest non-profit interdenominational organizations in the world. Based in Orlando, Fla., the ministry currently has more than 22,000 full-time staff members, 489,000 trained volunteer staff members, with 60 different ministries dedicated to the fulfillment of the Great Commission in 186 countries around the world. An evangelism and discipleship ministry, Campus Crusade for Christ seeks to show people how to know and experience God's love and plan for their lives.

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