MODESTO — Modesto Gospel Mission which shelters, feeds and clothes the poor has hired a new executive director.
Kevin Carroll, who has run a men's homeless shelter in central Pennsylvania for nearly six years, is expected to be on the job in mid-June.
Carroll, 51, is familiar with the Northern San Joaquin Valley. He and his wife have family in Stanislaus and Merced counties; Carroll received a bachelor's degree in criminology from California State University, Stanislaus, in 1987; and worked as a Stanislaus County probation officer for four years.
"I just feel that God has been preparing me for this position," he said in a phone interview. "When I found it was available, I applied."
Carroll added that it was important to come back here to be closer to his parents, who have health concerns.
The mission has relied on interim leaders since the retirement of its longtime directors Vern and Barbara Deatherage nearly two years ago.
The mission had revenues of $6 million in 2011, according to documents it filed with the IRS. Gospel Mission board President Ken Darby said the mission serves about 350 meals a day, provides emergency shelter for about 100 men and 25 women, gives out food and clothing, and operates transitional living programs.
Darby said the mission has about 45 employees and about 130 volunteers.
He said board members selected Carroll on Saturday. From about a dozen candidates interviewed over the phone, he was one of two finalists. Darby said Carroll's salary will be about $75,000.
"We think Kevin is going to do very well," Darby said.
Carroll works as the director of the 52-bed American Rescue Workers men's shelter in Williamsport, Pa. He oversees the homeless shelter, emergency shelter, volunteer program, community service program and kitchen.
Besides running the men's program, Carroll has been active in the community and has made relationships with businesses and others, said Dawn Astin, co-commanding officer of the American Rescue Workers Corps in Williamsport.
"Kevin has been great to work with," Astin said. "He has a good way with dealing with people, and a heart and passion for people."
Carroll was born in Salinas, and his previous jobs include being a technician for Reality Outreach Ministries, which puts on multimedia evangelical presentations, and as the East Bay director for Teen Challenge, a faith-based drug and alcohol recovery program.
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