Trey Oakley was elected president/CEO of Methodist Children’s Home (MCH) in a special called meeting of the MCH Board of Directors on Thursday, May 16, 2019.
Oakley, vice president for development at MCH, will succeed Tim Brown on July 1, following Brown’s retirement. Brown has served as president/CEO of MCH since 2010 as part of a 36-year career with the 129-year-old social service organization based in Waco.
MCH Board Chair Hank Coleman of Houston made the announcement to the board and MCH staff.
Coleman said: “In our national search we encountered many talented candidates seeking the position of president/CEO at MCH. Trey was our choice because of his experiences, passion for the mission at MCH and relationships with supporters, churches, staff and those we serve. We are excited about his vision for continuing the great work of our ministry and are ready to partner with him in fulfilling our mission to the children, youth and families in communities throughout Texas and New Mexico.”
Oakley has served MCH since 1999, first in the religious education department before transitioning into the development department in 2001. He became the vice president for development in 2006. In this role he leads a team of professionals who influence the organization in the areas of fundraising, public relations, spiritual development, donor information management, and alumni relations.
“I am excited and honored by this opportunity to build on the strong foundation of ministry at Methodist Children’s Home,” Oakley said. “I am confident great things are ahead for the children, youth and families we serve because of our talented staff, faithful supporters and innovative approach to fulfilling our mission.”
Oakley received a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies from Howard Payne University in 1999, a Master of Arts in Philanthropy and Development in 2006 from Saint Mary’s University – Minnesota and a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry from Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary in 2013.
A resident of China Spring, Oakley is a member of the school board of China Spring Independent School District and is active in leadership of youth athletics. He and his wife, Karen, have two children: Abby, 16, and Brady, 12. They are members of China Spring United Methodist Church.