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Jeff Buchanan Out as Exodus V.P.; Randy Thomas Returns

Jim Burroway

September 5th, 2012

Exodus International has just announced some staff changes:

Yesterday marked Jeff and Angela Buchanan’s last day on the Exodus International staff. Jeff served for the last 4 years and Angela the last 2 years. During their time here, Angela served as Director of Communications and Jeff served as Senior Director of Church equipping until taking on responsibilities as Executive Vice President in August 2011. Their contributions to Exodus were substantial and they will be missed. They will be relocating to Pennsylvania to join the staff of a local church.

Jeff Buchanan’s departure, frankly, doesn’t surprise me. During last June’s Exodus International Conference, the workshops that Buchanan held were considerably more dogmatic and “old Exodus” than I had expected, given the change in tone of the conference overall. Buchanan became Exodus’s vice president last year following the departure of Randy Thomas from that job. And speaking of Thomas:

I also want to officially announce that Randy Thomas is rejoining the Exodus staff full-time starting today. Randy served from June 2002 to August 2011 before taking a year off to pursue his consulting business and artwork. … Returning in the role of Executive Vice President, Randy brings a renewed excitement and fresh perspective to the Exodus team.

During Thomas’s earlier tenure as Exodus vice president, he often played the role of attack dog, apologist, and culture warrior. It may be tempting to view Thomas’s return as vice president as a sign of Exodus’s possible retrenchment, but Thomas’s personal blog over the past year has evolved in parallel with Exodus International’s changes, both in message and tone. And given the direction that Exodus appears to be headed, Thomas now looks like the better fit for the number two spot than Buchanan.

 

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tim
September 5th, 2012 | LINK

I just read Randy’s September 3’rd blog entry and it was a cringworthy read. This is the best they can pull together?

Reed
September 6th, 2012 | LINK

Meet the new boss: same as the old boss.

homer
September 6th, 2012 | LINK

A friend of a friend spent thousands of dollars to attend some Exodus event in Chicago, and left claiming to be cured. My friend says it is only a matter of time before he kills himself. If/when that happens, Exodus will be a factor.

Jarred
September 6th, 2012 | LINK

Homer: I hope your friend is wrong.

William
September 6th, 2012 | LINK

Homer: The more money you’ve spent, the more difficult it is to admit to yourself, never mind anyone else, that you’ve blued it on a scam.

Jim Hlavac
September 6th, 2012 | LINK

How can so many people blithely continue to work for an organization that claims – not admits, claims — a 100% failure rate? They can’t get customers, they rely on large donations — the thing is leaning towards a legal scam already. 501(c)3’s have to have something to show for their efforts. The whole thing smells of tax rightoffs to Christian rich folks. Bizarre.

iDavid
September 7th, 2012 | LINK

As has been said many times, “criminals always return to the scene of the crime.”

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