It’s been 8 months since Phil Tolbert passed and BLE has been without a full-time Executive Director. Before his passing, Phil exhibited a renewed energy and focus for BLE. He was excited about opportunities and engaged in working with the board to take the ministry forward in new and exciting ways. I miss him greatly and think about him often.
In the weeks following Phil’s passing the board put together several teams to help broaden a discussion about the future of BLE. One of those teams the board put together was a “Transition Team” whose initial primary task was to assist the board in the search for a new Executive Director for the ministry.
During this interim phase BLE has been blessed to have a faithful member of our board, Joe Carroll, step up in meaningful ways to keep BLE operating. Joe stepped in as our Interim Executive Director immediately and began to organize the office, review cash flow and work with our accountant to close out the books for Phil and Carol. Joe continued planning and hosting our Kingdom Breakfasts, met with stakeholders one-on-one and continued to lead the board in discussions regarding the future mission and vision for BLE. Finally, Joe continued to mentor and disciple others, took on the task of beginning to rewrite curriculum and initiated plans for our Fall fundraising event. He has donated 20-25 hours a week to the ministry for the past 8 months and for that we are truly grateful!
For several months Joe and I, along with the board, have been in discussions and prayer about the direction of BLE and its leadership. On a number of occasions we were prepared to start the search with the transition team for a new Executive Director, and each of those times we pushed the pause button as the Lord was moving. One day, Joe and I were having breakfast and talking about BLE and he shared a couple of statements with me that I would like to share with you. He said:
“There's just not enough time in the day for me to do all the things I want to do for BLE,” and
“I wake up in the morning and my first thoughts are about ideas and dreams for BLE.”
I think you can see where this is going. After much prayer and consideration, the BLE board is excited to announce to you that we have unanimously voted to remove the “Interim” part of Joe’s title and introduce Joe Carroll to you as BLE’s new Executive Director. Please keep Joe and BLE in your prayers as we look forward to what God has in store.