At the January 28 meeting of the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home Board of Trustees, Raymond R. “Bob” Kenison announced his plans to retire as President of both the Children’s Home and the MBCH Foundation. His retirement from the Children’s Home will be effective June 30, 2014. He will retire from the MBCH Foundation on December 31, 2014.
Kenison joined the staff of Missouri Baptist Children’s Home in January, 1978 as a development officer. In October 1980 he became the Administrator (now called “President”) of the Children’s Home.
During his lengthy tenure at the helm of MBCH, the Children’s Home has grown from an agency primarily providing services in the St. Louis region to a state-wide agency with campuses in Bridgeton, Peculiar and Mt. Vernon and regional offices in Jefferson City, Kansas City, Joplin and Springfield. The Children’s Home has also grown into a family of corporations which include Missouri Baptist Children’s Home, MBCH Children and Family Ministries, MBCH Foundation, MBCH Properties and the MBCH Professional Development Institute.
A number of events designed to honor Bob Kenison and his legacy at MBCH will be scheduled throughout the year.
Russell Martin, Executive Vice President of Missouri Baptist Children’s Home and President of MBCH Children and Family Ministries will become the interim President of the Children’s Home on July 1.