Board of Directors Appoints Lars Carlson President and CEO
The Board of Directors is excited to announce that Lars Carlson stepped into the role of President and CEO of Youth Haven on January 1, 2016.
“I’m so excited about the new transition we’re having at Youth Haven, with Larry and Lars Carlson,” says Board member Ron Soule. “Larry’s been in a leadership role since the beginning of Youth Haven in 1968, so for the last 47 years he’s been a great servant leader of this organization. We’re excited that Larry is going to be passing the baton of leadership, that Lars is going to become the new President & CEO, and we’re looking forward to all that the Lord can do in this ministry.”
In Larry’s own words: “I feel blessed that the Board of Directors voted unanimously to elect Lars, my son, as President. My wife Cheri and I are proud of Lars and his spiritual heart and his vision for the future of Youth Haven. Lars will be the third generation to be President of Youth Haven.” Larry will continue to be involved at Youth Haven and remains Chairman of the Board.
As the son of Co-Founders Larry and Cheri Carlson and grandson of Founders Morry and Dorothy Carlson, Lars grew up on the Michigan campus and has been involved in the Youth Haven programs his entire life. Feeling God’s calling on their lives, and with a renewed passion for sharing the love of Christ with disadvantaged children, he and his wife Amy joined the staff full-time in 1997. He has served as Executive Director for the past several years.
Lars holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Liberty University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Michigan State University. He is well prepared to lead the ministry and committed to seeking and following God’s guidance.
“I’m very excited to see where God is leading Youth Haven and how He will use me to build on the strong foundation laid before me to ultimately reach more children for Christ,” Lars says. “Youth Haven is needed more today than ever, and I’m humbled and excited to be able to lead this great work – to take as many children to Heaven with us as we can!”
As articulated by Board member Lane Anderson, “What a privilege to find myself at a time and place where now we’re seeing the third generation, Lars Carlson, coming into leadership… I couldn’t be more thrilled as a Board member and as one of the people who get to help guide this ministry towards the future to recommend before you Lars Carlson as our next President. We ask you to pray with us for all the decisions and all of the directions that we wish to go in the future. We want God’s permission, and His direction, and His wisdom.”