Inner City Christian Federation names CEO


Ryan VerWys. Courtesy Inner City Christian Federation

The Inner City Christian Federation has found its next leader.

The Grand Rapids-based nonprofit said last month that it has named Ryan VerWys to role of president and CEO, effective Sept. 4.

VerWys will replace Jonathan Bradford, who’s retiring after a 34-year tenure at the Inner City Christian Federation, or ICCF.

ICCF is an affordable housing provider and serves more than 2,200 families a year through its programs and services.

“I am honored to be joining ICCF,” VerWys said. “I’ve learned from and admired the organization for many years.”


VerWys is the director of operations for Christian Reformed Home Missions and serves on the national board for the Christian Community Development Association.

He was the founding executive director of Kingdom Causes in Bellflower, Calif. in 2004. The organization addressed homelessness, created affordable housing and provided employment training.

He was also the executive director of Little House and Our Place Housing Solutions in Bellflower and served on the city of Bellflower Planning Commission.

He held the roles at Kingdom Causes until 2014, when he accepted the job at Christian Reformed Home Missions.

“His wealth of experience and demonstrated leadership in serving vulnerable neighborhoods will help ICCF move forward in its mission to ensure access to affordable housing opportunities and services that encourage family responsibility and independence, thereby helping to build stable communities,” ICCF Board President Tex Cox said.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Calvin College and is pursuing an M.A. in nonprofit and organizational management from Azusa Pacific University.

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