Southeastern Synod ELCA

Lutheran Services of Georgia Names John Moeller as Chief Executive Officer

February 1, 2017

Atlanta, Ga. (January 30, 2017) – Lutheran Services of Georgia (LSG), a nonprofit social services agency, recently announced the selection of Rev. John Moeller as its new Chief Executive Officer. In this key leadership role, Moeller will steer the statewide organization as it looks to expand and enhance its services and programs and to strengthen its position as an industry leader. Moeller will begin his new role effective February 15, 2017. At that time, Gary Johnstone, who has served as Interim CEO, will resume his position as Chief Operations Officer. “The LSG staff and Board are thrilled to welcome John, and we anxiously await his expertise and leadership as we continue in our commitment to serve many of Georgia’s most vulnerable populations with an unwavering passion and the highest quality of services,” says Rev. Dr. David Hardy, Chair of the Board of Directors, Lutheran Services of Georgia. “John has a reputation in the community as a visionary leader and as a builder and grower of organizations. Our Board and senior leadership unanimously agreed that John is the dynamic leader needed to propel LSG to the next level – to grow its programs and improve its services, so that ultimately we can better serve our clients and our community.” “Lutheran Services of Georgia is known throughout the state as a leader in the program areas it serves. I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead this established and respected organization into the future,” says John Moeller. “I am eager to get to work and look forward to increasing LSG’s impact around the state and advancing our vision and mission in the communities it serves.” A veteran of the nonprofit industry with extensive experience leading faith-based organizations, Moeller comes to LSG from Action Ministries in Atlanta, where he has served as President and CEO for the past five years. Under Moeller’s leadership, Action Ministries expanded its service territory and increased its revenues while re-vitalizing its relationship with its United Methodist Church (UMC) roots. Prior to Action Ministries, Moeller served as CEO of MUST Ministries in Marietta for ten years. Ordained as a minister in the United Methodist Church, Moeller served as Pastor to UMC congregations in North Georgia from 1991 to 2001 before being called to work in nonprofit human and social services. Moeller retains his ordination status and currently serves as an ordained elder. As an outdoor enthusiast, Moeller spends much of his leisure time hiking, biking and pursuing other activities in nature. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia and received his Masters of Divinity from Emory University. LSG partnered with BoardWalk Consulting, a national firm specializing in nonprofit executive search. For more information on Lutheran Services of Georgia, call 404-875-0201 or visit www.lsga.org. Lutheran Services of Georgia is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting services that enhance the stability, wellness, health, and safety of individuals and families in Georgia. For more than 30 years, Lutheran Services of Georgia has provided assistance to people in need throughout the state, helping tens of thousands transform their loss, grief and trauma into happy, hopeful futures. LSG combines the resources of staff, financial donors, various governmental agencies, volunteers, and Lutheran congregations in its efforts to bring quality programs and services in the areas of Adoption, Specialized Foster Care, Family Intervention Services, FACES (disability services), Refugee and Immigration Services and Disaster Relief. LSG offers services in Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Columbus, Rome and Savannah.