Wedgwood names new president and CEO

Dan Gowdy Courtesy Wedgwood Christian Services

A faith-based social services nonprofit selected its next president and CEO.

Wedgwood Christian Services’ board of directors said it appointed Dan Gowdy to its top role, effective Tuesday.

He will replace retiring President and CEO Randy Zylstra, who served Wedgwood for over 25 years in various positions of increasing responsibility.

Jennifer Greenop, board chair of Wedgwood, thanked Zylstra for his years of leadership, saying he “exemplified” the organization’s mission and values and “will be greatly missed.”

Greenop added Gowdy is the right fit moving forward.

“We are fortunate to have someone of Dan’s caliber and experience as the new leader of Wedgwood,” she said. “He has a proven track record of collaboration, leadership and execution. Dan is a strong communicator who is staff- and client-focused with deep faith and a background in servant leadership.”

Gowdy brings to Wedgwood an almost 30-year history of serving and leading Christian nonprofit agencies, including 16 years in operations and 14 years in executive leadership. He said having been named Wedgwood’s new leader is “an honor and a privilege.”

“Wedgwood is one of Michigan’s most highly regarded organizations for helping children, youth and families, taking on the toughest programs at the core of what makes a thriving community,” he said.

Previously, Gowdy was founder and director of operations for Exceed Organizational Development LLC, a consulting firm he formed in 2019.

From 2015-19, he was vice president of development and marketing for Sunset Retirement Communities.

From 1991-2015, he served in various roles at Hope Network, including as executive director.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in theology from Grace Christian University and a doctorate in organizational leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Founded in 1960, Wedgwood Christian Services works with youth and families dealing with issues such as sex trafficking, abuse, substance abuse, developmental delays and school expulsions.

Its main campus is in Kentwood, at 3300 36th St. SE, and the nonprofit provides counseling, community programs and residential care services.

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