Youth for Christ stays in-house for new CEO

November 10, 2018

Youth for Christ of Northern Indiana announced Friday the organization will have a new CEO in January as longtime leader Larry Lance makes a transition from the top post.

Effective Jan. 1, Lance will be succeeded by Chris Todia, who is chief operating officer for the organization.

Lance is not retiring but moving into the role of senior adviser/president emeritus, the organization said in a news release.

“Lance’s focus will be on coaching Todia, furthering their development strategy, and launching their new planned-giving program,” the release said.

Todia joined the organization in 2016 as chief operating officer.

He previously was on the marketing staff at Colorado Christian University for three years, then launched a sales and marketing career with Furniture Row in the greater Denver area.

At Furniture Row, he was responsible for developing big-picture vision and strategy for product development as well as handling the daily details of marketing, merchandising, sales management, training, and product design.

He later founded his own consulting company to help companies with branding, growth, and organizational strategy.

Todia lives in Fort Wayne with his wife, Amy, and two children.

Lance has been with Youth for Christ for the past 42 years, serving as an instrumental part in its growth from four to 12 counties in northern Indiana, with its territory including 99 schools and potentially reaching 64,000 teenagers.

In 1976, he started with the organization as a part-time Campus Life director at Huntington North and Homestead high schools.

Lance has mentored Todia the past two years.

“Chris Todia has earned the respect and trust of our board, our donors, our leadership team, and our staff,” Lance said. “He has demonstrated in every respect that he is ready to assume the role of CEO, and lead this ministry into its next phase of growth and development,” Lance said.

Todia called the leadership opportunity a blessing, saying the organization has “such rich history and still so much opportunity.”

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