House parents, children and office staff at South Texas Children’s Home Ministries (STCHM) hosted a fun evening recently to greet their new president and CEO, Eron Green, his wife, Shelley, their 4-year-old daughter, Harper, and son Deacon, 2.
Homer Hanna, who has served as STCHM’s interim president and CEO since August 2011, introduced the new president to the enthusiastic group. Green then spoke briefly to the kids and staff before everyone lined up for heaping bowls of ice cream piled high with whipped cream and a myriad of toppings.
“God has always provided incredible leadership for South Texas Children’s Home Ministries,” Hanna shared. “Eron Green is a godsend. He has the skills needed at this particular time to move STCHM forward into the future. He has been described as a visionary leader and has spent his entire professional career helping childcare ministries meet the needs of children and families. He and Shelley, and their two precious children, will be great additions to this community, to STCHM, and to God’s kingdom in this place.”
Eron is originally from Tibbie, Ala. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Troy State University, where he enjoyed playing college basketball, and a master’s of communication degree from Eastern New Mexico University. Shelley, a Texan, is from El Paso. She is a licensed registered nurse (RN) and currently channels her energy into caring for their two children.
The Greens moved to Boothe Campus from Lakeland, Fla., where Eron had served as an administrator for Florida Baptist Children’s Homes since 2007 in their Central Florida region.
“We are so excited to welcome our new leader to STCHM,” housemom Virginia Wilkins said. Virginia and her husband, Terry, currently provide care for girls ranging in age from 4 to 17 in Barnes Cottage.
“We’ve been praying for the man who would fill this position,” she shared. “We feel God has sent Eron here to continue the vision and lead us on to new areas of growth. I love how he interacts with the kids. You can tell he really loves the children. We love Shelley too, and our 4-year-old already loves Harper, their little girl. It is fun to watch them play together, and Deacon is adorable. We truly praise God for His faithfulness!”
The Greens’ first week included unpacking boxes, answering knocks on the door from staff bearing meals and treats, and preparing to dive into their new routines.
“We are glad to be here and are getting settled into life in Texas,” Green said. “I am learning much about our programs and getting to know staff. Our first week has been very positive. I was able to get to hold my first board meeting and get to know Gov. Perry as well. All in all, it has been a successful first week.”