A major church and community services organisation is poised for continued growth with the appointment of its new leader.

Dr Paul Scully has commenced as Chief Executive Officer of Churches of Christ in Queensland.

Board Chair Gary Edwards welcomed Dr Scully to the role, saying he brings a deep amount of experience, vital to continue the organisation’s growth trajectory.

“Paul has held positions with UnitingCare Queensland and, most recently, as Chief Executive Officer of Baptist Care in South Australia where he oversaw a period of considerable expansion and re-engagement of care services with local communities and congregations,” Mr Edwards said.

“This is exactly the sort of experienced leadership we need to continue our growth and fulfil our vision and mission.”

Dr Scully is no stranger to Queensland, or Churches of Christ. In fact his new role is a homecoming in many ways. He completed his initial theological training at Kenmore Christian College in 1984, the site of the Head Office of the organisation he now leads. After his training he served as a Minister with three Church of Christ congregations in metropolitan and regional Queensland.

In his new leadership role of the mainstream Christian church, Dr Scully will be responsible for the strategic direction of Churches of Christ in Queensland and the delivery of hundreds of mission activities and care services to tens of thousands of people in Queensland, Victoria and Vanuatu. He said the diverse range of services and the geographic spread are both challenges and blessings.

“I look forward to working with such a progressive and active community organisation and particularly supporting our faith communities as they make a difference in people’s lives every day,” Dr Scully said.

“Churches of Christ not only feels like home to me, it also has a good reputation throughout the country and beyond for its innovative delivery of a range of services in seniors care, affordable housing and children, youth and families, to name a few.

“This comes down to those at the front line, those in our churches, care services and on the ground. Whether they are a church member, staff, resident, client, carer or volunteer, they are all part of something big, something special.

“Where Churches of Christ is now is a testament to the vision of the current leadership and I seek to continue to deliver on the strategic direction.”

Dr Scully has a Doctorate of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary in the United States, Masters Degrees in Pastoral Care and Counselling, a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Theology. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (FAIM) and has been recognised for his leadership by being named as the Not-for-Profit Manager of the Year for 2015 in AIM’s Excellence Awards for South Australia.

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