This Sunday, January 26, Dean Sam Candler welcomes Dr. Rob Radtke, president and CEO of Episcopal Relief & Development, to preach and speak about the organization. Dr. Radtke will preach at the 7:45 a.m., 8:45 a.m., and 11:15 a.m. services, and speak in Child Hall at 10:10 a.m.
Prior to his work at Episcopal Relief & Development, Dr. Radtke served in various senior-level posts at the Asia Society. He provides strategic leadership to the agency’s programs in nearly 40 countries across Africa, Latin America and Asia, as well as the United States. Episcopal Relief & Development facilitates healthier, more fulfilling lives in communities struggling with hunger, poverty, disaster and disease – and the organization is committed to demonstrating a measurable impact in three transformative program priorities: women, children, and climate.
In his role as president and CEO, Rob has overseen a number of major initiatives, including NetsforLife, the agency’s award-winning, flagship malaria prevention program, which to date has reached 47 million people in 17 African countries; and the US Disaster Preparedness and Response Program, which helps Episcopal dioceses, congregations, and other church institutions to both prepare for and respond to disasters in their local communities.
Episcopal Relief & Development is a pioneer in the area of Asset-Based Community Development in a faith-based context, with programs that mobilize local resources in an integrated approach to achieve measurable and sustainable change for the most vulnerable. The organization has been recognized with major awards and grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.
Dr. Radtke was a founding trustee of the Anglican Alliance for Development, Relief & Advocacy. He also serves on the board of the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia College of Columbia University and a doctorate from New College of the University of Oxford, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. In 2012, Episcopal Divinity School awarded him an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree.
For over 75 years, Episcopal Relief & Development has been working together with supporters and partners for lasting change around the world. Each year the organization facilitates healthier, more fulfilling lives for more than three million people struggling with hunger, poverty, disaster, and disease.