Richard E. Stearns is president of World Vision U.S., one of the nation’s largest non-profit organizations. After a quarter-century business career serving as CEO of two different corporations, Rich joined World Vision in 1998, leading the Christian relief and development organization to unprecedented growth and calling on the American church to respond to the global AIDS pandemic.
Rich Stearns is the president of World Vision U.S., one of the world’s largest nonprofit humanitarian organizations. In 1998, in the midst of a lucrative business career as the CEO of Lenox, Inc., he felt an unexpected, irresistible call to exchange “success” for service to those affected by poverty and injustice. Since then, he has tirelessly exhorted the American church to recognize and respond to God’s heart for children and families in need.
Today, Rich is known among both Christian and secular audiences as a trustworthy voice illuminating the critical issues that affect the world’s poor, and urging those who can to make a difference. Rich is also the author of two acclaimed books — The Hole in Our Gospel and Unfinished — that address the vocation of Christ-followers to live out the whole gospel, bringing the good news to a hurting world in not only word but also deed.
In his time with World Vision, Rich has traveled to more than 40 of the nearly 100 countries where World Vision works, and he has a firsthand understanding of the issues that affect the poor. Driven by his passion to raise awareness of those issues, Rich has appeared on CNN, Fox, ABC, NBC, and PBS, and written pieces for the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and other media outlets.
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