John Deinhart, director of stewardship and strategic planning for the Diocese of Knoxville since 2012, will be leaving his role in the diocese to answer a personal call of the Holy Spirit to lead NPH-USA as its new president and CEO.
Bishop Richard F. Stika made the announcement in an e-mail to Chancery staff members on June 11.
“I recall when John first considered joining the diocese over eight years ago; he did so only after prayerfully discerning his continued call to the vocation of marriage and fatherhood but also a vocation of serving and working with a ministry mindset,” Bishop Stika said. “It was clear to me and my leadership team that John had the business development skills and a keen ability to strategically plan for success. John and his team have transformed the annual Bishop’s Appeal, growing it from $900,000 to over $2.7 million annually — setting record levels in seven of the past nine years. John led a record fundraising achievement of $45.2 million with the Home Campaign. Through the campaign, parishes were strengthened, important diocesan initiatives were supported, and funding was provided to help build the new Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.”
NPH — which stands for Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (Spanish for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters”) — operates 10 homes in Latin America and the Caribbean caring for 3,300 orphaned, abandoned, and neglected children. It also provides support for an additional 2,800 children who live outside of the home by offering education, meals, and health care.
NPH-USA, based in Chicago, is the fundraising organization that provides financial support to raise, nurture, and educate the children living in NPH homes and those served by NPH.
Mr. Deinhart will begin his new position with NPH-USA on Aug. 3