This month we welcome our new executive director, Carrie Meyers. Carrie lives in Olivia, Minnesota, with her husband Henry and seven of their nine children. Her first grandchild arrived on July 1. And this fall, Carrie’s youngest child begins kindergarten.
Raising such a large family has helped prepare Carrie to serve women facing difficult pregnancy decisions. “Each of our children has come into our lives at a different stage of our being equipped or being able to provide for them,” she said. “In many ways, they all came as surprises. I know what that feels like, having another person added to your family and having to navigate that.”
Gifted and Experienced to Serve
However, parenting experience is not Carrie’s only area of strength. Search committee chairman Nancy Haapoja said, “Our top priority was to find a person with a heart and a passion for the mission.” The committee also sought “someone who exhibited spiritual and emotional maturity, and had the ability to integrate their personal faith into making good, solid judgments in the executive director position.” The search committee found Carrie met all those requirements.
As director, Carrie will be the public face of Choices while also offering clients one-on-one care, training new staff and volunteers, and preparing budgets and reports. These tasks will make use of her gifts in speaking, teaching, data handling, and serving others. And her strong faith in Jesus Christ is an essential asset in leading a faith-based organization like this one.
Before coming to Choices, Carrie enjoyed serving and conversing with customers at The Masters Coffee in Olivia. And for many years Carrie and her husband Henry, who now pastors Grace Community (Evangelical Free) Church, have served a variety of individuals in need–both in their own home and out in the community. With these collected experiences, Carrie is poised to build a bridge between the people of Olivia (in Renville County) and those of Redwood Falls.
“Prior to applying [for this position], I didn’t know Choices Pregnancy Center existed,” she said. “Renville County is in a pocket between pregnancy options.” Now she hopes that the connections she has made at the coffee shop and through her husband’s ministry will help draw more people from Renville County to the work of Choices.
Training for Excellence
Retiring director Karen Boots is providing on-the-job training for Carrie three days a week. In addition, Carrie will attend Heartbeat International’s Pregnancy Help Institute training for new directors, from July 31 – August 4, thanks to a generous scholarship.
After several days of working together, Karen is confident Carrie Meyers is an excellent fit for Choices. “It is my hope that God will use her unique personality and gifts to help Choices Pregnancy Center become the first choice for everyone in our area who is experiencing a challenging pregnancy situation,” she said. “I pray that God gives her a clear vision for His plan, and that He will provide the supporters needed to carry out that plan.”