Miracle Hill New CEO
Greenville, SC – September 1, 2015 – Dr. Bryce Norton has been appointed as the President/CEO of Greenville-based Miracle Hill Ministries with an effective start date of October 19, 2015. Bryce will ensure effective leadership and oversight of the overall ministry including Miracle Hill’s nine facility locations and transitional housing located throughout Greenville, Spartanburg, Cherokee, and Pickens counties, foster care families in eight upstate counties, family support programs and eight thrift stores. Bryce’s strong business background combined with his ministry education, experience and past leadership roles qualifies him well for his role in strategic planning, capacity building, and developing key partnerships. His strong faith and heart for the poor, especially children, drew him specifically to this new role.
“Through the years I have enjoyed mobilizing God’s people to serve in food pantries, homeless shelters, local public schools, summer outreach programs and efforts focused on children in need overseas,” says Norton. “Miracle Hill has robust and effective staff and volunteers and partnerships—all focused on those with the greatest needs. I’m looking forward to joining this effective team serving the SC upstate.”
A native of St. Petersburg, Florida, Bryce is a graduate of Furman University where he received a BA in Accounting in 1993. Bryce holds a Master’s Degree in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Doctorate in Ministry from Asbury Theological Seminary. After an early stint with Ernst and Young, Dr. Norton has served as an executive leader in ministry for 11 years, most recently as Executive Pastor at Peachtree Corners Baptist Church near Atlanta, GA.
Reid Lehman is retiring as Miracle Hill’s President/CEO after serving in that role for thirty years. “Although I’m not the founder, I’ve been closely connected for 50 years and this ministry has my heart,” said Lehman. “The Board has used a careful, extensive search process to make a wise choice—a choice that I fully support.” Following the transition, Lehman will adopt a reduced schedule with Miracle Hill and help for a while with special projects, resource development and strengthening similar ministries in South Carolina and the southeast.
Board Chair-Elect, Dr. Bruce Gray, who has been involved with Miracle Hill for 11 years, credited Lehman with maintaining the highest ethical standards and setting the tone for how the ministry relates to those it helps. “Sometimes when you get more involved with a charitable organization, you start to see things that don’t fit, but the closer I’ve become to Miracle Hill, the more impressed I’ve been. It’s a very transparent organization, and that directly relates to the character and integrity of Reid.” Gray said.
“Miracle Hill’s approach to taking care of the needs of the homeless, poor and addicted is by giving them the tools—personal dignity, spiritual foundations and new life in Christ—that allow them to reach beyond their circumstances. It’s pretty special.”