Rantin: Taking stands for bodies and souls

brantin@ thestate.com (803) 771-8306January 22, 2014 

Ryan Finney

There’s a new advocate for health and fitness in the Midlands.

Ryan Finney recently assumed his duties as executive director of the Jeep Rogers Family YMCA at Lake Carolina where he will supervise and direct the management team and 175 part-time staff members.

Finney has worked with YMCAs in Indiana, Ohio and South Carolina since 1999, serving in various capacities including teen and family director, senior program director, associate executive director and executive director. He most recently served as executive director of the Caine Halter Family Branch of the YMCA of Greenville from 2008 to 2013.

In his new job, Finney will be responsible for strategic and daily operations of the facility, its programs and community outreach.

“I am excited to start my new position,” Finney said. “I am eager to help grow programs and opportunities for the branch. As someone who’s been working with various local Y associations for 14 years, I have found the community really is like a family and I’m proud to be a part of it.”

Finney received a bachelor in science degree in psychology from Manchester University in 1998.

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits and seeks to strengthen communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

CIU grad leads international outreach

A Columbia International University alum has been installed as the new international director of the Christian nonprofit, Christar.

Brent McHugh, who received a master of arts in mission from CIU in 2003, was installed Jan. 17 during a celebration banquet at the Christar headquarters in Richardson, Texas.

Christar dates to 1909 and has a tradition of establishing churches in areas of the world that have little or no exposure to Christianity.

As the organization’s international director, McHugh will provide spiritual, visionary, executive and developmental leadership, and his priorities will include partnering with churches to send international workers around the world.

“I’m excited to bring Christar’s experience to the table of mobilizing from anywhere to everywhere among the least-reached,” McHugh said.

McHugh brings 10 years of ministry experience to the post. He worked among refugees in the Middle East while focusing on church planting, leadership development and theological education.

CIU specializes in Bible-centered professional development that prepares students to impact the nations with the message of Christ in ministry, missions and the marketplace. The university is recognized for its emphasis on biblical authority and world evangelization.

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