Council of Churches of the Ozarks Leader Retires

One of the area’s most well-known charitable organizations will have a new leader after the retirement of the head of Council of Churches of the Ozarks.

CCO announced the retirement of Rev. Mark Struckhoff on their social media pages and via a news release.

“With God’s guidance, I will be exploring new directions and destinations of service consistent with my calling,” Rev. Struckhoff stated in the press release.

Struckhoff became the executive director of the organization in 2010 after serving as the interim director during the transition from the previous director. Under his leadership, CCO opened a women’s shelter, expanded day care services, and helped the organization develop a new early childhood program. He was also credited for developing relationships with area churches, enhancing the services of previously established outreach efforts like Crosslines food pantry.

Struckhoff’s retirement announcement was met with wide praise across the area. Greene County Commissioner Bob Dixon praised Struckhoff’s “service and the grace with which [he] delivered it.” Former Springfield Council member Justin Burnett thanked Struckhoff for years of “exemplary leadership.”

CCO’s chief operating officer, Rick George, will lead the organization until a new director is appointed. Struckhoff will be consulting with the board of directors to find the group’s next executive director.

(Headline photo courtesy CCO Facebook.)

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