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Richard Stearns

President, World Vision U.S.

Expertise:  Disaster response  |  Child exploitation issues  |  Global AIDS  |  Malaria  |  U.S. poverty  |  Global health


Since the beginning of his presidency in 1998, Stearns has built a strong leadership team focused on bringing corporate best practices to the non-profit sector.

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Richard Stearns, President, World Vision U.S.

About Richard Stearns

Richard Stearns currently serves as the President of World Vision U.S. Since the beginning of his presidency in 1998, Stearns has built a strong leadership team focused on bringing corporate best practices to the non-profit sector. Donations tripled during his first decade as president, making World Vision U.S. a billion-dollar organization.

Stearns is the second of two children of working-class parents in Syracuse, New York. He worked his way through Cornell University, earning a bachelor’s degree in neurobiology in 1973. After receiving a master’s degree in business administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Stearns began a career in marketing for several Fortune 500 companies, beginning with the Gillette Company.

From 1977 to 1985, Stearns held various roles with Parker Brothers Games, culminating in his appointment as president in 1984. He joined Lenox, the American gift and tableware company, in 1987 as division president. He was named president and CEO of Lenox Inc., in 1995, overseeing six manufacturing facilities, 4,000 employees, and $500 million in annual sales.

Recently, Stearns authored The Hole In Our Gospel, which was named Christian Book of the Year for 2010, and Unfinished, in 2013.

Stearns has traveled to more than 40 of the nearly 100 countries where World Vision works. He and his wife, Reneé, have been World Vision donors since 1984. A lawyer by training, Mrs. Stearns also travels and speaks on behalf of World Vision. The couple has five children.

04/23/2015Fox News Opinion: Why Syria needs an earthquake - Because Americans are ignoring the greatest humanitarian crisis in decades
03/10/2015YouVersion (Bible reading plans): He walks among us: Devotions by Rich & Renee Stearns
02/16/2015QIdeas: Understanding the headlines
02/01/2015Fundraising Success Magazine: Good leaders know people -- including oneself
01/12/2015OnFaith: What the headlines don't tell you about the Middle East
01/06/2015CNN: The hardest 40 days: Winter is next threat to Iraqi and Syrian refugees
09/29/2014Focus on the Family Radio: A vision of Christ among the world's poor, Part 1 and Part 2
09/25/2014Plough Magazine: Plugging the hole in our Gospel: An interview with Richard Stearns
09/16/2014Christian Post: World Vision leader to churches: Fixing poverty isn't simple, stop trying to fix it with 8th grade youth groups
09/11/2014Christian Post: What to do when the world is a mess
08/04/2014Huffington Post Religion: Holy Toledo! No clean water
08/04/2014Time Magazine: Faith leaders on kids at the border: Give us the children
07/31/2014OnFaith: The solution to the Central American refugee problem is a thriving Central America
07/18/2014Huffington Post Religion: Opening our hearts to the little children
10/25/2013Huffington Post Religion: Why we don't care about Syria
10/22/2013The Christian Post: Stump-pulling for the Gospel (an interview with World Vision President, Richard Stearns)
10/16/2013CrossMap: World Vision CEO Rich Stearns and wife, Renee share true stories of God's love for people worldwide in two new books
10/04/2013Relevant Magazine: Rich Stearns discusses 'Unfinished' (podcast)
07/14/2013Outreach Magazine: Rich Stearns: Are we radical enough?
06/09/2013Life Is Story: Unfinished — Richard Stearns
06/09/2013Faith Village: Unfinished | Richard Stearns [book review]
04/02/2013Huffington Post Religion: For world's billionaires, ending extreme poverty is cheap
03/19/2013The Hill: World Vision President Richard Stearns: A moral view of trimming the budget
12/27/2012Fox News: As fiscal crisis looms, taxing charitable gifts by the rich will hurt the poor the most
11/06/2012Huffington Post Religion: Goodbye, Christian America; Hello, true Christianity
08/29/2012Huffington Post Religion: Crossing the boundaries of faith to fight poverty
06/14/2012Huffington Post Parents: Why every day must be Father's Day (with Roland Warren)
12/05/2011USA Today: Religious leaders share memorable gifts
11/11/2011Wall Street Journal op/ed: Evangelicals and the case for foreign aid
03/05/2010PBS: Humanitarian challenges in Chile and Haiti