Open Doors names new president to lead American operations

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SANTA ANA, Calif. — Open Doors USA, which provides ministry support in some of the world's most oppressive and restrictive countries, has tapped a Northwest rescue mission executive to serve as its next president and CEO.

Dr. David Curry, who served as CEO of The Rescue Mission in Tacoma, Wash., has taken over the leadership post of the Santa Ana-based ministry. He is expected to lead the ministry as it prepares for its 60th anniversary in 2015 and beyond. Before naming Curry, the ministry's board of directors launched a national search that provided an "impressive group of highly qualified candidates," board Chairman Roger Spoelman said.

"During interviews board members were impressed with his spiritual maturity and leadership capability which he demonstrated in previous roles," Spoelman said. "He clearly has a passion for persecuted Christians around the world. The board is excited about the future of the ministry under the leadership of Dr. Curry."

Curry, who is married and has two teen sons, called the appointment an honor.

"Open Doors is doing incredibly important work to support and advocate for those persecuted for their faith," he said. "For many years I have been troubled and concerned about the increasing persecution Christians have faced for their faith and the neglect by some governments to take a stand. While I've always been an advocate for the persecuted church, it's my belief that the next generation will see even greater persecution. As a result, we need a deeper awareness to support and advocate for those who face prison or even death for their faith in Jesus Christ."

Curry said as it moves forward, "Open Doors USA will be striving to communicate to people in the United States the challenges Christians face around the world in order to live their faith in freedom."

In addition to his eight-year stint with the rescue mission, Curry also served as president of the Foundation for Grace, an organization that provided leadership and management training to non-profit groups in South America, experience that he believes will serve him well in his Open Doors presidency.

"My whole life and calling have been about serving those who are suffering, living in despair and who are placed in really challenging circumstances," he said. "Serving with the Foundation for Grace placed me in the position of service to impoverished pastors in the Third World; assisting, training and supporting them in their important work. Serving the homeless and hurting further deepened my resolve that God's love extends to everyone and that everyone should have the ability to experience and grow in their spiritual journey, regardless of socio-economic strata, ethnicity or nationality. These are all parts of my experiences that I will bring to my ministry at Open Doors in assisting those who desire to serve Jesus in freedom."

Since its inception, Open Doors has worked in more than 60 countries, helping to empower Christians to stand strong in the face of persecution and equipping them to share Christ in particularly dark spiritual places. Its services include supplying Bibles and Christian literature, training Christian leaders, facilitating social/economic projects and uniting believers in the West in prayer for Christians,

For more information, visit www.OpenDoorsUSA.org.