Messiah Lifeways has appointed Curtis D. Stutzman its next president and CEO, effective Aug. 13.
Stutzman will succeed Emerson Lesher, who has been president of the organization for nearly 18 years and announced in September that he would be leaving when his contract expires at the end of June. According to a news release, Lesher helped Messiah Lifeways grow from a single-site retirement village with a few community programs serving 950 people to a multi-site ministry serving more than 2,000 people via a network of campus and community services.
Stutzman served 17 years as the chief financial officer at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, where he helped guide an organizational expansion that doubled revenue and tripled assets to $58 million.
He is a graduate of Messiah College and earned an MBA from Regent University. He also completed graduate-level course work in Christian counseling and served as an associate pastor and director of finance and administration at the Cornerstone Church of Broadway in Harrisonburg, Va.
Stutzman and his wife, Kathy, have three adult children, two of whom live in Harrisburg. The Stutzmans will reside in Mechanicsburg.
Editor's note: This item was modified from its previous version to correct the effective date.