Serve Denton has a familiar man running the ship as its newly minted executive director.
The board of directors announced this week that Joe Ader had been selected as the nonprofit organization’s new executive director. Ader, who has served on the board since 2012, will take over next month.
“I am very excited for the job — for what Serve Denton can be for our community. I think it can make a huge difference in the lives of the needy in our community,” Ader said.
He’s been involved as a board member since the organization began 18 months ago. When it was time to move from an interim director to a full-time one, Ader let his interest be known as the board assembled a search committee to comb the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Priscilla Sanders, one of the founding board members, served on the search committee. She said the committee chose Ader because of his passion for helping and serving people.
She said his time on the board gave him an advantage, with “a year and a half of being totally involved in all levels and really [understanding] the organization, the mission and the vision.”
Sanders noted Ader’s experience with a number of startup companies.
“He’s worked for a number of different people who gave him the background to be a leader and a project manager,” she said. “He’s just an incredible young man.”
Ader, who is a pastor for the Village Church and has been involved in outreach for years, said the next seven months are critical for the organization.
“We’re finalizing the negotiations for the use of the property from Denton Bible Church, and that is a big thing,” he said. “To have that in place, this idea of bringing the nonprofits to a central location has been around since the 1970s, but no one has been able to make it happen.”
Ader said getting the project finalized and remodeling the property so it will be suitable for tenants and clients are key factors.
“I think we should all be seeking the welfare of our city. The more we can do to improve the way our city works and operates, particularly for the most in need, that is what we should all be doing,” he said.
“I really think Serve Denton will be something really significant for our community for years to come, and I wanted to be part of that,” Ader said.
BJ LEWIS can be reached at 940-566-6875 and via Twitter at @BjlewisDRC.