Denver Rescue Mission announces today, Brad Meuli, the longtime President/CEO, is retiring after over two decades of service.
Back in 2020, Meuli presented his intent to retire to the Mission’s Board of Directors. Meuli has led the 131‐year‐old organization since 1999. The Mission’s Board of Directors will begin an immediate search with the intent of a smooth transition by fall of 2023. Meuli will stay on as President Emeritus until April 1, 2024.
“I love being able to do what I believe God has called me to do all these years. I’ve been humbled to do this work. You just have to see one person’s life changed to stay motivated,” said Meuli. “I have had the greatest job in the world. I cannot imagine doing anything else but see lives changed. It’s time for my next phase to spend time with my family.”
Meuli has stepped out from behind his desk, rolled up his sleeves and gone out in the community to ensure that the Mission is meeting people at their physical and spiritual points of need.
Under Meuli’s incredible tenure, multiple new facilities have been built or renovated. This includes The Crossing, Fort Collins Rescue Mission, the Ministry Outreach Center, and the Lawrence Street Community Center. Innovative programs have come to life, such as the STAR Transitional Program and the New Life Program, with endless relationships being built within the community.
During the last 10 years under his leadership, 6.7 million meals and three million shelter nights were provided to the community. In addition, 792 individuals graduated from the New Life Program with thousands more transitioning into permanent housing.
“Brad has faithfully led this organization with a humble heart for the most vulnerable people in our community. He is a thoughtful and passionate servant leader. His 24 years at the Mission leave a legacy of hope and lives forever changed,” Joe Fortna, Chairman, Denver Rescue Mission Board of Directors said.
Meuli’s Accomplishments and Community Involvement.
- Board of Trustees of Denver Seminary
- Board for Citygate Network (formerly known as the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions or AGRM)
- Bonfils Blood Center and City Mission World Association (an international rescue mission organization)
- He is also an alumnus of Leadership Denver
- In 2019, he was appointed by Denver’s Mayor, Michael Hancock, to the Executive Committee for Housing Office of Stability
- Homeless Leadership Council
- Served as Chaplain to the Colorado House of Representatives for the last 20 years
- The Colorado Rockies honored him in 2016 with the Roberto Clemente Award for Community Service
- Honorary Doctorate from Colorado Christian University for his work with those experiencing homelessness